Acentric Design Systems: Mediated Impurity in Design

by Plemel, J. Randolph

Abstract (Summary)
The old ways of designing are dead; vestiges of an era controlled by the “architectural genius,” searching for purity. From the Greeks to Mies van der Rohe, the search for perfection and purity has been an acute and prolonged undertaking throughout history taking various forms, shapes, and movements. The Acentric Design Process as the alternative is neither a static system of computation nor a celebration of complexity. Acentric Design is conceptual complexity and conceptual contextuality. Rather than a predestined goal of “Pragmatism”, “Blobism”, or any other “-ism”, this process is a prevailing global framework, layering dissimilar conceptual systems as nodes, merging, mediating, and synthesizing these nodes, creating hybridized entropic space. The conceptual framework of the edge and of the adjacency, with all of the agitation associated with the overlap, is more inclusive and flexible than the dogmatic, centrally controlled autocracy of the classical and its descendants.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:non periodic systems architectural acentric design


Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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