The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 25: Flows
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 ...