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  • Autopoiesis

    Panagiota KOULALI, Autopoiesis.
    thessaloniki GREECE

    School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    critics: Anastasios TELLIOS & Vasilis CHLOROKOSTAS

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Panagiota KOULALI: This work introduces an autopoietic system and its structure. An autopoietic system is a closed topological space that continuously generates and specifies its own organization through its operation as a system of production of its own components, and does this in an endless turnover of components.

    This system is organized as a network of processes that produces the components that: a) through their interactions and transformations continuously regenerate and realize the network of processes that produced them, and b) constitute the machine as a concrete unity in the space, in which the components exist by specifying the topological domain of its realization as such a network.

    *This work was presented as part of the two-day workshop “ArchiTextures”, which was organized by Anastasios Tellios and Vasilis Chlorokostas in the context of the course “Spatial Investigations” of the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    PK: This project was influenced by the complex biological systems, the natural processes, as well as by the mechanisms of life, regeneration and self-organization. Autopoiesis has the meaning of self-organization and defines a fundamental relation between a form and its operations.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    PK: Reading H.R. Maturana and F. J. Varela, “Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living”; Michael Weinstock The Architecture of Emergence: The Evolution of Form in Nature and Civilisation; and Marco Poletto and Claudia Pasquero, Systemic Architecture: Operating Manual for the Self-Organizing City.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    PK: Alisa Andrasek, Neri Oxman, Magnus Larsson, Jorge Ayala, Francois Roche, Ecologic Studio, Marjan Colletti, and Vasilis Chlorokostas.

    Additional credits and links:
    Vasilis Chlorokostas, workshop tutor.
    Anastasios Tellios, professor and studio tutor.

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