REFORMULATING ALGORITHMIC ARCHITECTURE IN POSTHUMAN TIMES
Student/s: Theofanous Varvara, Christodoulou Natasa
Date: August 29, 2016
Undoubtedly, the expansion of information has generated a distinctive new way of living in our today’s world. We may determine our present time as the age of information, namely an era where rapidly growing innovated technologies, play an increasingly vital necessity in our day-to-day environment. In this era, the continual influx of technological developments, promises realistic prospects for enhancing cognitive, emotional and physical capacities. The development of a new mentality affects current ethics and politics, leading to a post-human condition that characterizes the so called “modern life”. Driven by this progress, we try to adopt growth and advanced changes. But what lies behind this? The algorithm, either visible or invisible governs substantial aspects of life.
After the digital revolution penetrated architecture, algorithm initially appeared as an invisible mathematical description of a digital design tool. The last decades though, reflect a transition period, where algorithm is evident in architecture as a fore-front digital tool, where the output is generated by a set of rules. New forms, outside the boundaries of standard limited architecture are now emerging. The internal productive logic of an algorithm shifts the interest -which once was focused on stability- to liquidity and volatility. This gives birth to new design methods, such as “generative design”, that signals the creation of unforeseen complexities. What in fact is an algorithm? How did it become revealed in architecture and how is it applied? If one assumes that ultimately, an algorithm is something more than a finite set of instructions, how does it reformulate algorithmic architecture in post-human times?