In the autopoiesis of architecture, Patrik Schumacher introduces a new unifying theory of architecture. Peter Buchanan decodes, dissects and. In his lecture at Sci-Arc, Patrik Schumacher highlighted the ideas from his multi volume critical text “the Autopoiesis of Architecture”. Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., London What is the aim of “The Autopoiesis of Architecture”? The aim is a.

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Coming soon: The Autopoiesis of Architecture

I made autipoiesis book a few years ago anticipating this recent effort on your part. You always have to abstract to theorize. The Productive Vagueness of the Medium. Thesis one is that the phenomenon of architecture can be most adequately grasped if it is analyzed as an autonomous network or autopoetic system of communications.

Will gives it its life. But Spengler, more than any conceptual thinker I know, relies on categorical imperatives.

Volume one, a pxtrik framework for architecture, is coming out in December, [released Dec 7, ] and then a new agenda for architecture appears in volume two, probably six months later. The political system has been evolving and succeeding through democratization, and only through democratization does it become a truly autopoetic, self-referentially closed system.

All stages of this trajectory contributed to where we are now. The reverse is also true: The concept was first introduced within biology to describe the essential characteristic of life as a circular organization that reproduces all its most specific necessary components out of its own life-process.

That is the difference between a set of techniques and a style, which depends on these techniques, albeit not exclusively, but drives them to a new destiny. I think our work forms a much more pertinent image and vehicle of contemporary life forces and patterns of social communication than that big Foster dome.


At the same time it is very capable of adapting to contexts, in terms of continuing field conditions, aligning with an urban grid on one side and with a separate urban grid on another side, incorporating existing architectures, and managing to create a coherent space around a corner. The tools made the world different. I consider postmodernism and deconstructivism to be transitional styles, or transitional episodes.

The concept of Autopoiesis refers to the overall discursive self-referential making of architecture.

The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Volume I: A New Framework for Architecture

Today I think they call what Darwin suspected, catastrophism. Schumaacher historic efforts to codify meaning in human affairs are all around us. No Prosaic, and so on…. Thesis 16 suggests that avant-garde styles are designed research programs. He steps back from Marxist materialism to a kind of abstraction, but one that I think is plausible.

Parametricism and the Autopoiesis of Architecture

Therefore, to say, for instance, that the systems of modernism were a mistake only because they went into crisis to let something else to grow on top and beyond it, is really unreasonable. Parametricism is also a product of the development of the medium of architecture. When Darwin sailed by the cliffs of Atuopoiesis, he looked up, aghast. Each in their own unique way, they are all facing parall el, or comparative, problems: Parametricism is already 15 years down the line.

Science is founded, or re-founded, with certain paradigmatic categories, principles, anticipations, and intuitions about how a science could progress, and on that basis, after a revolutionary period of paradigm explorationa new paradigm or research program has to emerge and win the competitive battle, and then reconstitute cumulative research.

Here all elements are different but they want to appear the same. He knew incremental evolution could never account for what he saw. The first of two volumes that together present a comprehensive account of architecture’s autopoiesis, this book elaborates the theory of architecture? The triggering conditions for this would be either shifts in the societal environment which demand further architectural evolution or a kind of internal architwcture of the paradigm, but that kind of exhaustion could also lead to a new trajectory of development within parametricism, in the form of a further subsidiary style.


Come on, Patrik…there are different kinds of progress. T he proliferation of lines, bundling, converging, and departing from one another, creates a field rather than a space. One more thesis, Thesis Volume 2 builds upon the theoretical groundwork of Volume 1. Postmodernism and deconstructivism are temporary phenomena, a decade each. This was also the beginning of certain computational mechanisms. His contribution to the discourse of contemporary architecture is also evident in his prior writings, such as Digital Hadid, as well as in his curatorial work for exhibitions, such as Latent UtopiasGraz, But the only thing Schumacher can tangibly grasp in his practice is that all systems are frankly bankrupt.

You can only lead a coherent practice with a coherent deep and comprehensive theory. My thesis here is that t he concept of space, or the spatialization of architecture, is the equivalent of the democratization of the political system, the liberalization of the economy, etc.

So, if the modernist recipes as well as their spontaneous antitheses are rejected, where are we going? It contributed to the generation of an unprecedented level of material freedom and plenty, aligned, of course, with the growth of industrial civilization. These are all co-present systems, which become representations of each other. Rather than develop a theory for each subset including phenomenology, aesthetics, societal functions and etc.