Form Society Writings

On 8. Mai 2018 by Daniel Grünkranz

This is the research weblog of FORM SOCIETY. The entries represent some of FORM SOCIETY’s latest analyses in architectural theory.

Tube House VietnamReviewing a positive modernism

In Vietnam, the tube house signifies the traditional type of residential and shop house. Its name derives from the extreme aspect ratio of the building which is only a view meters in width but up to 60 meters in depth. For the past 60 years, Vietnam’s cities have witnessed powerful processes of population growth, densification and urbanization. The modernist redevelopment of the tube house in the second half of the 20th century represents an approach to cope with these processes and the challenging conditions which they produced. This was done with reference to traditional motives of Vietnamese architecture and the introduction of new elements by the use of modernist principles. Read more …

 

Ecological hyper-architecture and the ambiguity of its value

The environmentalist movement of the 1960s and 1970s was partly constituted by ecological aware architecture. The value of architectural designs was considered relative to actions supporting the recovery of the endangered ecosystem and the survival of human kind. Contemporary hyper-architecture, which incorporates formal and performative principles by the use of computation and indexing, directs ecological awareness no longer exclusively towards moral decision-making. It is rather incorporated in mindsets, which allegedly recognize the ever present topics of ecological cycles and the use of resources, but as generative potentials for the shaping and innovation of architecture itself. A consequence of the ecological hyper-architecture discourse is the shift of values between the realm of architectural production and the realm of ethics. Read more …

 

Impressions of Milan – Principles of a Modern City

A visit to Milan inspired FORM SOCIETY to reflect on the modern Italian city of which Milan is an exceptional example. In the exhibition innesti-grafting at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture curator Cino Zucci introduced Milan as a “laboratory of modernity” that constantly transforms the urban texture and the architectural structures of the city. Today, Milan confronts its inhabitants and visitors with a variety of architectural forms. Yet, it seems that these distinct elements are not without relations to more extensive systems, which are traceable in the urban configuration. The following text will sketch some of these situations detectable in the urban core of Milan. Read more …

 

Architecture-Technology-Relations. Aesthetics, ethics, and the metaphysics of entering alliances

As the modern machine became ubiquitous, the interweaving of architecture with technology seemed to be only consequential. But this circumstance actually leads to the question of how links between architecture and technology are essentially constituted. This relationship is based on an array of different perceptions and conceptions of technical complexes and it is indeed nuanced. The apparent outcomes of the mingling of architecture and technology are for example machines for living, the realization of machine aesthetic, integrated sustainable energy generators, etc. Yet, the emphatic link between architecture and technology is not some curious phenomena, but it is vibrant events related to the encounter of technology. Read more …

 

 

 

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