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Play Turtle, Do It Yourself. Flocks, swarms, schools, and the architectural-political imaginary

Manuel Shvartzberg

Manuel Shvartzberg is an architect and researcher. He is currently based in New York City where he is a Researcher at The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, GSAPP and a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, both at Columbia University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...© Craig W. Reynolds.“It’s been found that a few simple rules can regulate very complex behavior. There’s a classic computer model for flocking birds, for instance, which only has three rules—keep an equal distance from everyone around...

Introduction

Matthew Poole

Matthew Poole is a British freelance curator and curatorial theorist. His curatorial projects and writing explore the contradictions of neoliberal politics and how they are transforming contemporary art, curatorial practices, the built environment and the political currencies of culture more generally. Previously, Matthew was the Director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies, in the School of Philosophy & Art History at the University of Essex, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Manuel Shvartzberg

Manuel Shvartzberg is an architect and researcher. He is currently based in New York City where he is a Researcher at The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, GSAPP and a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, both at Columbia University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...We are in the epistemology business.Since 2008, “parametricism” has been a recurrent and much-debated theme within architectural discourse. Originally coined by Patrik Schumacher—who takes his work with Zaha Hadid Architects...

Foucault’s “environmental” power: Architecture and neoliberal subjectivization

Manuel Shvartzberg

Manuel Shvartzberg is an architect and researcher. He is currently based in New York City where he is a Researcher at The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, GSAPP and a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, both at Columbia University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Architect as Worker : Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...This chapter examines how Foucault’s notion of governmentality—in which neoliberal society must “govern for the market, rather than because of the market”—and probes Foucault’s underdeveloped implication of the “environment...

Parametricist architecture would be a good idea

The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...This text should be taken as a timely intervention meant to influence a wider and still incipient debate on the relationship between synthetic algorithms and the built environment. It is meant to obstruct the motion of this ongoing...

Parametric schizophrenia

Peggy Deamer

Peggy Deamer is Professor of Architecture and Assistant Dean at Yale University, USA, and a visiting scholar at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... free-market systems toward a more democratic ordering of the city; working toward the establishment of a universal wage across the discipline and, eventually, society.Manuel Shvartzberg articulated these demands in the framing...

Breeding ideology: Parametricism and biological architecture

The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The breeding ideology that envelops parametric architecture is but the most recent expression of a broader historical trend of biologizing and sexualizing architecture. For example, Contemporary Architecture Practice’s design...

Disputing calculations in architecture: notes for a pragmatic reframing of parametricism and architecture

The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The discussion on parametricism in architecture needs to be reframed. The desire for a new technologically driven march of progress has gained an amplified voice that conceals a much richer ecosystem of heterogeneous realities...

Undelete: Recreating censored archives

The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Use of the internet in China is policed—watched over, censored, and punished—by a concerted government effort that has been nicknamed “The Great Firewall.” The aim is to keep politically unacceptable or “sensitive” content invisible...

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The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...If we take “architecture,” as we normally do, to mean the profession and the academic discipline that was codified in the European nineteenth century, it is difficult not to conclude that there would be no architecture without a specific...

Speculation, presumption, and assumption: The ideology of algebraic-to-parametric workspace

Matthew Poole

Matthew Poole is a British freelance curator and curatorial theorist. His curatorial projects and writing explore the contradictions of neoliberal politics and how they are transforming contemporary art, curatorial practices, the built environment and the political currencies of culture more generally. Previously, Matthew was the Director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies, in the School of Philosophy & Art History at the University of Essex, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Politics of Parametricism : Digital Technologies in Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Where the technologies of parametric and algorithmic scripting are having an increasingly significant political effect is in the redefinition and reconfiguration of work; when and where work happens, and what work is or could be. Already...