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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

ISBN 9780367076191
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
564 Pages

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Book Description

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 44 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.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors x

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

Mitra Kanaani

Foreword: ‘Unchained’

Brett Steele

Introduction: Performance Engrained

Michael U. Hensel

Prologue: Works at Work

David Leatherbarrow

1 Performances of Architectures and Environments: En Route to a Theory and Framework

Michael U. Hensel and Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel

2 Social Performativity: Architecture’s Contribution to Societal Progress

Patrik Schumacher

3 Informing Form: The Influence of Morphogenesis and Performativity in Practice

Alvin Huang

4 Architecture of Change: Towards Transformable Architecture

Branko Kolarevic

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

Andrew Whalley

6 The Paradoxes of Performative Architecture: Toward a New Discipline and a New Agenda for the Profession

Thomas Fisher

7 Poetics of Design Beyond Intelligences: The Meaning of Embodied Aesthetics and Simulation of Mood in Performative Design and Architecture

7.1 Poetics of Design: A House Is a Tree Is an Insect Is a Computer Is a Human

Mariana Ibañez

7.2 Poetics and More in Performative Architecture: Towards a Neuroscience of Dynamic Experience and Design

Michael A. Arbib

8 The Cognitive Dimension: The Role of Research in Performative Design Processes

8.1 The Theory

Mitra Kanaani

8.2 Theory Put into Research Practice

Joon-Ho Choi

9 Integrated Design Thinking: Inter- and Transdisciplinarity in Performative Design Methodology

9.1 The Theory

Marvin J. Malecha

9.2 Research Case Studies

Joon-Ho Choi

10 Performative Biotechnical Forms: Culturalizing the Microbiota from High-Tech to Bio-Tech Architecture

Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto

11 Searching for a “Bioclimatic Law” in Architecture: Comfort and the Ethics of (Human) Performance

William W. Braham

12 Ecological Emergences: The Milieu for Performative Paradigms

Caroline O’Donnell

13 Performative Urban Environments and the Concept of the Future Smart Cities

13. 1 The Posthuman City: Reflections on the City of the Near Future

Alejandro Zaera-Polo

13. 2 Toward Establishing Measures for Performative Urban Environments: A Critical Position on Shaping the Future of Smart Cities

Lucy Campbell, Mitra Kanaani, and Michael Stepner

14 Seeking Material Capacity and Embedded Responsiveness: Design and Fabrication of Physically Programmed Architectural Constructs

Achim Menges and Steffen Reichert

15 Resiliency in Performativity: A Shared Vision with Sustainability

15.1 Preamble

R.K. Stewart

15.2 Resiliency in Performativity: A Shared Vision with Sustainability

Terri Peters

16 Architectonic Design and Computation in Performative Buildings

Brady Peters

17 Simulation Tools for Social Performance: Immersive Building Simulation

Robert R. Neumayr

18 Performative Material Morphologies

Vera Parlac

19 Dynamic Vocabularies

19.1 Technology of Expressive, Communicative and Responsive Surface Architecture and Design of Building Skins and Enclosure System in Performative Design Forms

Michael Fox

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

Douglas E. Noble

20 Energy Performative Architecture: Working with the Forces of Nature to Optimize Energy Flows and the Impact on Phenomenology of Architectural Form

Brian Cody

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

David Benjamin

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

Mitra Kanaani

23 The Cybernetics of Cybernetics: A Performative Idiom

Theodore Spyropoulos

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

Pieter de Wilde and Clarice Bleil de Souza

25 Design Sensibilities: Intangible and Qualitative Design Factors in Performative Design: Enactive Experience in the (Neuro)science of Form

Kristine Mun

26 Health and Wellbeing: Performance- Based Design Concepts for a Healthful Built Environment and Human Equilibrium

Dak Kopec

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

Sean Ahlquist

28 Computing Performativity: The Role of Coding Within BIM for the Execution of Performative Design Concepts

Karen Kensek

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

Phil Bernstein

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

Kyle Miller

31 Educating Accountable Architects: The Future Performers

Ted Landsmark

Epilogue: Towards Responsibly Anticipatory Evolvable Architecture for the Anthropocene

Jim Dator



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Mitra Kanaani. D.Arch, MCP, FAIA, is the Professor of Design, Research and Tectonics and former Chair at NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego. She is an editor and author, an activist with the Education Is Not a Crime and Education Under Fire movements and an Affiliated Global Faculty of the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) Architecture Program.


"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 an interconnected and interdependent systems perspective."
Carmina Sánchez-del-Valle, Professor of Architecture, Hampton University, Virginia