The invention of architecture*

The invention of architecture

Architects have their very unique way to imagine architecture. As Gaston Bachelard claimed, “the hand has its dreams and assumptions”. The invention of architecture is mysterious, and revealing its fabrication is not easy. Trying to explain how it was born, or finding out how it’s forged, has been difficult for the public.

“(…) What can this medium do? (…)What do I wish to do with this medium?
It matters that one works in a medium whose properties suit one’s purposes: sometimes a more forgiving medium; sometimes a more rewarding medium; occasionally rigor for rigor’s sake (…) Psychologists (and software experts) often employ the term “affordances” to describe the workable capacities of a medium. This reflects the truism that opportunities shape outlook: how we see the world depends on what we can do whit it”.
(Malcolm McCullough in Abstracting Craft)


Design thinking methods in architecture have always changed, considering that it’s bound to the representational medium. Thus, its scope can be expanded by the enlarged possibilities offered by digital media and workflows.

The use of digital design and manufacturing processes and their synthesis through the use of advanced technologies is significantly changing the future of architecture design thinking.

The processes are no longer entirely linear. Architects should go beyond thinking about the formal output of their designs using new digital tools and seek to uncover the main purpose of design and digital fabrication.


*Submission for the Call Library Illustrazioni.

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