In the autopoiesis of architecture, Patrik Schumacher introduces a new unifying theory of architecture. Peter Buchanan decodes, dissects and. In his lecture at Sci-Arc, Patrik Schumacher highlighted the ideas from his multi volume critical text “the Autopoiesis of Architecture”. Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., London What is the aim of “The Autopoiesis of Architecture”? The aim is a.

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Autopoeisis comes from the Greek andmeans literally self-production; it was first adopted in biology inthe s to Modernism experienced a massive crisis, was abandoned. But you can also apply this kind of technique to urbanism.

Architecture as a discourse must define the purposes that guide us, or what is legitimate and meaningful, and how to pursue them. Aesthetic values obviously shift with historical progress. Regulating the form of choice means choice is gone.

For example, Newton set up a certain set of principles by which every phenomenon was investigated, probed, and modeled. Thesis four states there is no architecture without theory. We have the burden as a collective to determine the way forward.

The same independence holds with respect to art and science. Forgive me for the street-corner psycho-analysis. The system is defined by a boundary between itself and its environment. They will shape our thought, if we allow such unequivocal paradigms to define us. But, in fact, I would argue that never are any of these hypotheses intrinsically so, and the more history moves, the more we evaluate these hypotheses in retrospect, the more we see their flaws, and the less plausible is the argument for yet another regulatory pro forma.


The Autpoietic system is a closed and self referential that reacts to outside sources as one. You find it in Alberti. The book is a stupendous effort to organize, bracket, and label all of human history. Modernism, seriality, repetition are out of the question. Dyssynchronous development, brutality — of course, I know all of this, but at the same time, we need to look at which social structures, which spaces, which cultural tropes, which moral sensibilities produce the next level of our civilization.

They become versatile, innovative, progressive, and ever-evolving. Everything before that was not architecture, it was some form of traditional building. You take on a smaller piece — architecture. Radical innovation presupposes newness. That inhibits the development of the antithesis. But within the discourse of parametricism that is taboo.

It contributed to the generation of an unprecedented level of material freedom and plenty, aligned, of course, with the growth of industrial civilization. The Origin of the Discipline in the Italian Renaissance. These are the great paradigms and research programs by which architecture redefines itself.

Parametricism and the Autopoiesis of Architecture

Currently he is working on an exhibition showcasingParametricism. We architecrure both functional heuristics and formal heuristics. The premise of the novel is an attempt to create a comprehensive and unified theory of architecture.

For the previous 2, years, if you like, including modernism, architecture was working with platonic solids, with rigid, hermetic, geometric figures, and just composing them. In science it is theory versus evidencein the autopoissis norm versus fact etc. But the proponents of each so often demand exclusivity.


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Patrik Schumacher’s career continues to integrate practice and theory. Money is no longer coinage; it became paper money, became electronic money. Describing MAXXI as a proto-parametricist project, Schumacher praises the proliferation of lines, bundling, converging, and departing from one another, creating a field of space. You also characterized Newton as a systematizer.

I find it very interesting that the concept of style, as promoted in The International Stylehad returned after it was abandoned by most of the early modernists. He studied philosophy and architecture inBonn, Stuttgart and London.

The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Volume I: A New Framework for Architecture

Let me say I have huge appreciation for the colossal self-confidence and enormous effort required to wrap your arms around contemporary architecture, and to insist on a number of organizational categories that circumscribe architecture, and re-define its mission. MAXXI has a stringent formalism yet is very capable of adapting to contexts. The modernists, of course, argued that the box allowed the most enduring internal flexibility.

Is it still relevant? You can always ask for further softening, further differentiation, and further correlation of everything with everything else.

To translate these functions into form you need the formal heuristics I discussed earlier.