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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And you might be concerned with phenomenology, with perception: They begin as progressive design research programs, and parametricism is now in that phase.

He steps back from Marxist materialism to a kind of abstraction, but one that I think is plausible. What autoopiesis important here for me is that we are moving from single-system projects, which are a kind of first stage — too abstract to really grip in reality — to the inter-articulation of multiple subsystems, to multi-system correlations.

You also characterized Newton as a systematizer. And that makes sense within contemporary society. Table of contents Preface.

This is the second part of a major theoretical work by PatrikSchumacher, which outlines how the discipline of architectureshould be understood as its own distinct system ofcommunication. All avant-garde styles are design research programs. In only a few words, Schumacher believes that the spatialization of architecture is the equivalent of the developed self-referential systems in politics, law, economy, science and more.


I always thought one of the keys to architecture was to outwork everyone else. It represents the distinction of the system of architecture against its environment — that is, against the totality of society — within architecture.

When Darwin sailed by the cliffs of Chile, he looked up, aghast. The notion of a self-enclosed autonomy of the discipline means that we as architects and as a discourse as a whole need to define the purposes that guide us, the conceptual structures and modes of arguments that are legitimate and meaningful to us, what tasks to focus on and how to pursue them.

The intensification of relations in architecture reflects the intensification of communication among all of us, everyday and with everything. The political system has been evolving and succeeding through democratization, and only through democratization does it become a truly autopoetic, self-referentially closed system. Science developed together with epistemology, the philosophy of science.

Yes, they can stop your project. You might think of yourself to participate in something like an avant-garde and so you might try to develop a theory of the avant-garde.

I believe that we are on the cusp of moving from an avant-garde condition into claiming the mainstream. If you are fighting over fundamentals every time you start a new project, you cannot progress.

Parametricism and the Autopoiesis of Architecture

Architecture as a discourse must define the purposes that guide us, or what is legitimate and meaningful, and how to pursue them. In the s patrij became clear that the principles and values that had defined modern architecture for half a century were no longer the principles and values through which architecture could facilitate the further progress of world civilization.


In a society without a control center, architecture must regulate itself and maintain its own mechanisms of evolution. Will gives it its life.

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

There can be no external determination imposed upon architecture, neither by political bodies nor by paying clients, except in autopoeisis negative, trivial sense of disruption. But the only thing Schumacher can tangibly grasp in his practice is that all systems are frankly bankrupt.

Aesthetic values obviously shift with historical progress. Next might be t he concept of style: That inhibits the development of the antithesis.

The same independence holds with respect to art and science. After the introduction it all starts with a chapter on architectural theory, which schumahcer put forward as an important, necessary component of architecture. This is what Luhmann calls functionally differentiated society comprised of the great function systems of society as parallel systems that co-evolve with each other as autonomous discourses, i. This lead distinction is the re-entry of the system-environment distinction into the system.

Schumacehr can be applied meaningfully in, for instance, the environmental adaptation of facades to create an intelligent differentiation of elements.