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Emergent molarities: resistances on the molecular plane of biology and digital architecture


Loo, S, Emergent molarities: resistances on the molecular plane of biology and digital architecture, Architectural Theory Review, 17, (1) pp. 60-75. ISSN 1326-4826 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13264826.2012.667869


The appropriations of biology in digital architectural design, particularly genetic models for the emergence of form, tend towards the molecular, whereby emergence is given by discrete forms in relation. This paper argues for the reconsideration of the biological paradigm in architecture from the point of view of molarity, in which relations between entities are experiences as relations that are in themselves actual abstract extensions. Drawing on the work of two philosophers whose thinking has been influential in Deleuze and Guattari' molecular materialist philosophy, namely Georges Canguilhem and Gilbert Simondon, this paper identifies the status of actual molar concretisations of relations in the form of codes, diagrams and material traces of processes, and the transduction of information through these molar forms, in the ontogentic processes of individuation of human beings and technological machines alike.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:emergence, digital architecture, biology, Deleuze, Simondon
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Loo, S (Professor Stephen Loo)
ID Code:78829
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2012-07-29
Last Modified:2017-11-10

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