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EigenArchitecture

Computability as Literacy

EigenArchitecture opens a path out of the technological and economical excesses in contemporary architecture. It is a book on research and education in architecture and information technology, conceived of as philosophical interplay between two species similar in kind: neither of them is in the least disciplinal, both affect everything, and both are arts of structuring. The one 2.500 years old and dignified, the other just fifty years of age and impatient.

EigenArchitecture shifts the frame of reference for today’s network- and structure-oriented discussions from the applied computational tools of the thwentieth century back to the abstractness of nineteenth-century mathematics. It rereads George Boole, Richard Dedekind, Hermann Grassmann, and Bernhard Riemann in a surprising manner. It argues for a literacy of the digital, displacing the role geometrical craftmanship.

EigenArchitecture is the second issue onlab has designed for the Applied Virtuality Book Series, edited by Ludger Hovestadt and Vera Bühlmann, ITA Institute of Technology in Architecture, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

 

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