Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Strive to Capture the Elusive

Terzidis K. The Strive to Capture the Elusive in Terzidis K. Algorithmic Architecture London: Architectural Press, 2006

From this chapter, I selected parts that found the most important for my research. It is not a summary.

Design as a term can be confused with planning. Design is about conceptualisation when planning is about realization. Design is about the stage of capturing, conceiving, and outlining the main features of a plan, as such, it always preceds the planning stage.
In Latin, the word design is about the derivation of something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality. In greek, it is about incompleteness, indefiniteness, or imperfection. « Design signifies not only the vague, intangible or ambiguous but also the trive to capture the elusive »

For the Greeks, design is linked indirectly to a loss of possession and a search into an oblivious state of memory. This is antithetic with the western notion of design that is stepping in the future and frequently associated with innovation.
Innovation is associated with originality but originiality is about a point of departure. Within the modernist tradition of novelty, the search for innovation may have become a misguiding rather than a guiding factor in deisgn.
« While the shock of the new may have provided in the early twentith-century an escape from the traditions of the past, its constant us ein the world of fashion today and the everlasting struggle to introduce something new for, or as if for, the first time defies its original purpose. »

A different appearence does not necessarily justify novelty, and an original concept involves newness in a productive, seminal and influential ways. Since novelty involves the negation of existence (something that did not exist before), novelty is impossible. It is only a sensory illusion.
Then the notion of an origin as a starting point is key in the process of design. First to determines the similar producst and second that it connects to the reminiscence of something that was lost but whose consequences are still present.

By Cati in kinetic architecture

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