Emergent Models of Architectural Practice

Perspecta 38, 2006

The idea that innovation, whether scientific, technological, or architectural, is a byproduct of artistic chance or a result of singular genius can no longer be sustained in the 21st century. Complexity theory reveals that innovation - the creation of the new - is the direct result of bottom-up- evolutionary processes. Science knows this; industry is learning. Architecture is just beginning to engage the concept.

In order to move into this space of innovation, architects will have to accept the value of multiplicity and dynamic feedback over the retrograde nature of authority. They will have to accept that architecture might not be about essences and theoretical positions, but rather about exchanges of techniques, expertise and materialities in multiple industries. They will have to accept the architecture is no longer a heroic center, but one micro-intelligence among many...

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