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Complexity: Design strategy and world view

Andrea Gleiniger and Georg Vrachliotis

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 110

  • Publisher: Birkhauser

  • Date Published: Jun 2008

  • Stock Code: 64512

  • ISBN: 9783764386887

  • Binding: Paperback

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Digitalisation has transformed the discourse of architecture: that discourse is now defined by a wealth of new terms and concepts that previously either had no meaning, or had different meanings, in the context of architectural theory and design.

When Vitruvius described the architect as a "uomo universale," he gave rise to the architects conception of him- or herself as a generalist who shapes a complex reality. The architectural concept of complexity, however, failed to keep pace with industrial and social reality. Against it, architectural modernism set the watchword of simplification: "less is more." In this situation, Robert Venturi reintroduced the notion of complexity into architectural discourse.

Today it is complexity studies, with their starting point in physics, that define the current approach to the concept of complexity. They have established a new connection between the natural sciences and information technology and have thus become a central premise of computer-based approaches to design.

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