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Architectures of Chance

Author/EditorManolopoulou, Yeoryia (Author)
ISBN: 9781409435365
Pub Date11/12/2013
BindingPaperback
Pages280
Architectural discourse is dominated by a false dichotomy between design and chance, and governed by the belief that the architect's role is to defend against the indeterminate, this book challenges this position, arguing for the need to develop a more creative and spatial understanding of chance as experience.
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Architectural discourse and practice are dominated by a false dichotomy between design and chance, and governed by the belief that the architect's role is to defend against the indeterminate. In Architectures of Chance Yeoryia Manolopoulou challenges this position, arguing for the need to develop a more creative understanding of chance as aesthetic experience and critical method, and as a design practice in its own right. Examining the role of experimental chance across film, psychoanalysis, philosophy, fine art and performance, this is the first book to comprehensively discuss the idea of chance in architecture and bring a rich array of innovative practices of chance to the attention of architects. Wide-ranging and through a symbiotic interplay of drawing and text, Architectures of Chance makes illuminating reading for those interested in the process and experience of design, and the poetics and ethics of chance and space in the overlapping fields of architecture and the aleatoric arts.

Architectural discourse and practice are dominated by a false dichotomy between design and chance, and governed by the belief that the architect's role is to defend against the indeterminate. In Architectures of Chance Yeoryia Manolopoulou challenges this position, arguing for the need to develop a more creative understanding of chance as aesthetic experience and critical method, and as a design practice in its own right. Examining the role of experimental chance across film, psychoanalysis, philosophy, fine art and performance, this is the first book to comprehensively discuss the idea of chance in architecture and bring a rich array of innovative practices of chance to the attention of architects. Wide-ranging and through a symbiotic interplay of drawing and text, Architectures of Chance makes illuminating reading for those interested in the process and experience of design, and the poetics and ethics of chance and space in the overlapping fields of architecture and the aleatoric arts.

Yeoryia Manolopoulou is Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and co-founder of the studio AY Architects.

Contents: Opening; Chance in Perception: Eyes and objects: after Beckett; Crossings: viewing instrument I; Behind the image. Chance in Design: Projections: after Duchamp; Shutters: House F; Fields: drafting Pier 40; The practice of observation; Drawing as event; Encounter and assemblage; Fragment, part, whole; Ironic fabrication; Aleatoric form; Double passage; Bibliography; Index.

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