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The Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture

Using Time to Craft an Enduring, Resilient and Relevant Architecture, 1st Edition

Edited by Mitra Kanaani


528 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture focuses on a non-linear, multilateral, ethical way of design thinking, positioning the design process as a journey. It expands on the multiple facets and paradigms of performative design thinking as an emerging trend in design methodology.

This edited collection explores the meaning of performativity by examining its relevance in conjunction with three fundamental principles: firmness, commodity, and delight. The scope and broader meaning of performativity, performative architecture, and performance-based building design are discussed in terms of how they influence today’s design thinking.

With contributions from 45 expert practitioners, educators and researchers, this volume engages theory, history, technology and the human aspects of performative design thinking and its implications for the future of design.


"This important collection of works grounds the debate on the capacity of a design to effect change as it performs assigned tasks. The convergence of views in the same volume provides a stimulating tempest of disagreements and contradictions, and therein lays its value. Here, performativity is a function of interdependencies, integration, interaction, and responsiveness between tangible and intangible forces and entities. In some essays, the focus is on the natural, the human and the built. In others, it is on the world we create in all of its dimensions, or on abandoning a human-centric view altogether for a interconnected and interdependent systems perspective."

Carmina Sánchez-del-Valle, Professor of Architecture, Hampton University, Virginia

Table of Contents

Dedication Page

Preface--Paradigms of Performativity, as a Journey as destination in Today’s Design-Thinking

Mitra Kanaani

Forward -- ‘Unchained’: A Foreword to Performativity

Brett Steele

Introduction-- Performance Engrained:

Michael Hensel

Prologue – Works at Work:

David Leatherbarrow


Chapter 01: Performances of Architectures and Environments – En Route to a Theory and Framework

Michael Hensel 

Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

Chapter 02: Social Performativity Enhancing the Discipline’s Competency via Agent-based Occupancy Simulations,

Patrik Schumacher

Chapter 03: Informing Form: The Influence of Morphogenesis and Performativity in Practice

Alvin Huang

Chapter 04: Architecture of Change: Toward a Transformable, and Regenerative Architecture,

Branko Kolarevic

Chapter 05: Dynamic Aesthetics and Advanced Geometries: The Meaning of Style and Form-making in Performative Design,

Andrew Whalley

Chapter 06: The Paradoxes of Performative Architecture:

Towards a New Discipline and a New Agenda for the Profession

Thomas Fisher

Chapter 07: Poetics of Design Beyond Intelligence: The Meaning of Embodied Aesthetics and Simulation of Mood in Performative Design and Architecture,

Section 01 – Poetics of Design: A House is a Tree is an Insect is a Computer is a Human

Mariana Ibanez

Section 02 -- Poetics and More in Performative Architecture:

Towards a Neuroscience of Dynamic Experience and Design

Michael Arbib

Chapter 08: The Cognitive Dimension: The Role of Research in Performative Design Process

Section 01 – The Theory

Mitra Kanaani

Section 02 – Theory Put into Research Practice

Joon-Ho Choi

Chapter 09: Integrated Design Thinking: Inter-Discipliniarity, and Trans-Discipliniarity in Performative Design Methodology,

Section 01 – The Theory

Marvin Malecha

Section 02 – Research Case Studies

Joon-Ho Choi

Chapter 10: Performative Biotechnical Forms:

Culturalizing the microbiota- From High Tech to Bio-Tech Architecture

Claudia Pasquero

Marco Poletto

Chapter 11: Searching for a "Bioclimatic Law" in Architecture:

Comfort and the Ethics of (Human) Performance

William Braham

Chapter 12: Ecological Emergences: The Milieu for Performative Paradigms

Caroline O’Donnell

Chapter 13: Performative Urban Environments & The Concept of The Future Smart Cities

Section 01 – The Posthuman City:

Reflections on the City of the Near Future and Shaping of the Smart Cities

Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Section 02 – Toward Establishing Measures for Performative Urban Environments: A Critical Position on Shaping the Future of Smart Cities

Lucy Campbell

Mitra Kanaani

Michael Stepner

Chapter 14: Embedded Intelligence: Seeking Material Capacity & Embedded Responsiveness – Design and Fabrication of Physically Programmed Architectural Constructs

Achim Menges

Steffen Reichert

Chapter 15: Resiliency in Performativity: A Shared Vision with Sustainability - Nature-Based Resilient Design Approaches

Preamble - RK Stewart

Terri Peters

Chapter 16: Architectonic Design and Computation in Performative Buildings

Brady Peters

Chapter 17: Simulation Tools for Performance – Immersive Building Simulation Robert Neumayr

Chapter 18: Performative Material Morphologies

Vera Parlac

Chapter 19: Dynamic Vocabularies

Section 01: Technology of Expressive, Communicative and Responsive Surface Architecture and Design of Building Skin and Enclosure System in Performative Design Forms

Michael Fox

Section 02: Active Façade Tectonics -Sensing and Reacting to the Wicked, Complex Entanglements of Building Envelope Architecting

Doug Noble

Chapter 20: Energy Performative Architecture:

working with the forces of nature to optimize energy flows and the impact on phenomenology of architectural form

Brian Cody

Chapter 21: Adaptation: Bio-Receptive Materials with a New Outlook on Performativity and Sustainability

David Benjamin

Chapter 22: Phenomenology of Interactivity - Patterns of Human Interaction with Urban Built Environments and the Impact of Computer Automation

Mitra Kanaani

Chapter 23: The Cybernetics of Cybernetics: A Performative Idiom

Theodore Spyropoulos

Chapter 24: Performative Design Strategies: The Synthesis Process of a Woven Complexity

Pieter de Wilde

Clarice Bleil de Souza

Chapter 25: Sensibilities: Intangible and Qualitative Factors in Performance-Based Designs

Section 01: Enactive Experience in the (neuro)science of Form

Kris Mun

Chapter 26: Health & Wellbeing: Performance-

Based Design Concepts for A Healthful Built Environment and Human Equilibrium

DAK Kopec

Chapter 27: Reciprocal Relationships of Materiality and Human Engagement: Expanding the Role of Material Systems towards Sensorial Socio-Spatial Agency

Sean Ahlquist

Chapter 28: Computing Performativity:

The Role of Coding Within BIM for the Execution of Performative Design Concepts

Karen Kensek

Chapter 29: Professional Practice and the Performative Delivery of Architecture: Precision, Prediction, Value

Phil Bernstein

Chapter 30: Performing Architecture: A Reflection on the Rituals and Procedures of Practice

Kyle Miller

Chapter 31: Educating Accountable Architects – The Future Performers

Ted Landsmark


Towards Responsibly Anticipatory Evolvable Architecture for the Anthropocene

Jim Dator

Contributors Mini-Bio & Appellation

About the Editor

Dr Mitra Kanaani. D. Arch, MCP, FAIA, is the Professor of Design, Research and Tectonics and former chair at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. She is an editor, author and an activist with Education is not a Crime, and Education Under Fire movements, and a Global Associate Faculty of the BIHE Architecture Program.

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