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Managing Flow

Architecture's investment in the values of stability, groundedness and longevity, while conventional and by no means uniform, is a resilient disciplinary trait. It is an investment that has tended to marginalize those other mutable, ephemeral and fluid conditions that, by necessity, also constitute the medium of architecture. Dealing with fluctuations of air, sound and light, the fluidities of water, the entropic tendencies of matter and the movements of people are all part of architecture. Yet such knowledge has typically been consigned to either technical appendices or assorted marginal spaces of architectural scholarship. Sporadically, it finds metaphorical expression in the ‘streamlined’, ‘folded’

The images on this page stand as twin provocations for this chapter. The first image (Figure 25.1 Above) is the work of graphic ...

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