This book gathers 14 architects, designers, performing artists, film makers, media theorists, philosophers, mathematicians and programmers. They all argue that matter in contemporary posthuman times has to be rethought in its rich internal dynamism and its multifaceted context. By transversally crossing disciplinary boundaries, new and profound insights into contemporary thinking and creating architecture emerge.
Combining the dynamism of materiality and the capacities of nonhuman machines towards prototyping spatiotemporal designs and constructs leads to alternative conceptions of the human, of ethics, aesthetics and politics in this world yet-to-come.
Causality and Meaning in the New Materialism
Tangible versus Intangible Materiality: Interpreting Gaudí and the Colliding Forces of Traditional and Innovative Construction
Internalising Continuous Variation
Paramateriality: Novel Biodigital Manifolds
A Vital, Architectural Materialism; a House-person’s Escape from the Anthropocentric
Performing Bitumen, Materialising Desiré
Julieanna Preston and Jen Archer-Martin
Machine-oriented Architecture: Oikos and Ecology
Levi R. Bryant
The Compass of Beauty: A Search for the Middle
Architectures of Air: Media Ecologies of Smart Cities and Pollution
The Intelligence of Computational Design
Grothendieck Toposes: Architectural and Plastic Imagination beyond Material Number and Space
Vicarious Architectonics, Strange Objects: Chance-bound: Michel Serres’ Exodus from Methodical Reason
Notes on Contributors
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