Types, Typologies and Hyper-Objects • February 2020
9 canonical architectures.
9 plans: the pre-expression of any architectural form. Their absolute order hides a potential for alteration – an infinite field of possibilities.
A sequential process of manipulation – difference, repetition, scaling, distortion – challenges the static and reassuring idea of composition which is intrinsic to those architectures. Gradually, occult patterns are revealed: intensive and extensive properties evolve into novel articulations.
At the end of the process, any hierarchy of meaning among constitutive elements is dissolved. What remains of the 9 original schemes is a latent matrix. What emerges are composite types: walls, columns, arches turn into inhabitable spaces, very large relative to humans, and merge together to define new forms of architecture in the age of Hyper-Objects.