Rising out of the affective sea: Emergence and architectural composition

Ednie-Brown, P 2008, 'Rising out of the affective sea: Emergence and architectural composition', Architectural Design Research, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 103-131.


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Title Rising out of the affective sea: Emergence and architectural composition
Author(s) Ednie-Brown, P
Year 2008
Journal name Architectural Design Research
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 103
End page 131
Total pages 29
Publisher Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Abstract This paper argues for a strong historical and philosophical relationship between theories of architectural composition and theories of emergence. Historically, both theoretical fields play the role of negotiating and bridging discursive conflicts between mechanical or scientific rationalisation and vitalist or aesthetic knowing. Philosophically, I suggest that both composition and emergence fundamentally operate through the bridging ground of affect, where contested terrains of thinking and feeling loop together into a compositional fold. I argue that an exploration of the plastic nature of the compositional fold is at the core of experimental or `avant-garde¿ architectural design research of the last decade. It can also be argued that a new compositional paradigm is emerging, one that is yet to be clearly articulated.
Subject Architectural Design
Copyright notice © 2008 Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA)
ISSN 1448-9007
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