The Singularities and Multiplicities of Architecture

09Feb15

Lukasz Stanek, Tahl Kaminer, editors.

Contemporary architecture culture – as discourse and as design – seems to oscillate between two opposing positions. The first understands architec- ture as a node of economy, politics, society, and culture, suggesting that these diverse forces gener- ate the multiplicity of architecture’s tools, procedures and performances; the second focuses on archi- tecture as a singular object, aesthetic, formal, self-contained and irreducible to the conditions from which it emerges or the effects it stimulates. Attempts to bridge this dichotomy of architecture’s multiplicities and its singularity can be identified both in design practices and in theory: while the major- ity of today’s state-of-the art studios hover between practicing architecture as a derivative of a series of parameters and as a unique icon, contemporary theory similarly oscillates between conceiving archi- tecture as an outcome of the multiplicity of contexts which overdetermine its production, and as a singu- lar event expressing the individuality of the architect or the ‘individuality’ of the corporate client.

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