Reading 34 – Balmond

Balmond’s analysis of formal space breaches into a contemporary paradigm seen as what we now consider to be the preeminent 21st century architecture. The search for a theoretical approach to architecture leads Balmond towards an inclusion of what he outwardly considers random, but is clearly supported by an ongoing information loop. That repetition is presented as methodology by which we may generate space is nothing new, but it is the root of the application, grounded in mathematical algorithms, which gives it greater complexity than much of the modern architecture of the 20th century. The product of these computations may be considered feedback which then translates into any number of interpretations. But the notion of feedback is what results in the most interesting of conditions. Feedback generates information not as a recombinant force, or reproductive force, but a previously non-existent quality. It is only when the objects in question are analyzed together that the subjective qualities become apparent. Of course, this now seems like the most general of architectural considerations, but instead of architecture being a reactionary force to feedback it may embody that form and engage in a continuous loop of receiving, processing, and generating information for body and space.


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My final year of architecture school at the University of Calgary!
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