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  • Antoine PICON, ed., Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity.
    2013

    Though inextricably linked with digital tools and culture, Antoine Picon argues that some significant traits in ornament persist from earlier Western architectural traditions. These he defines as the “subjective”—the human interaction that ornament requires in both its production and its reception—and the political. . . . By bringing previous traditions in ornament under scrutiny, Picon makes us question the political issues at stake in today’s ornamental revival. . . .

  • Alessandra PONTE & Antoine PICON, eds., Architecture and the Sciences.
    2011–12

    Since antiquity, the sciences have served as a source of images and metaphors for architecture and have had a direct influence on the shaping of built space. In recent years, architects have been looking again at science as a source of inspiration in the production of their designs and constructions. Architecture and the Sciences shows how scientific paradigms have migrated to architecture through the appropriation of organic and mechanical models. Conversely, architecture has provided images for scientific and technological discourse. Accordingly, this volume investigates the status of the exchanges between the two domains.

  • TARP 2012: Not Nature
    new york NEW YORK

    Just one week left to lend your support to Tarp‘s upcoming issue, “Not Nature.”

    “Not Nature” is interested in exploring historical and contemporary architectural positions in regard to natural systems—aesthetic, synthetic, philosophical, autonomous, not autonomous, investigative, social and political. The question is to explore whether architecture can build form without a clear process-based model to replicate. . . . The issue includes major contributors from philosophy and the history of science such as Graham Harman, Timothy Morton, and Peter Galison, writing alongside architectural theorists and practitioners such as Antoine Picon, Catherine Ingraham, Ed Eigen, David Gissen, David Ruy, and many others. Tarp is an annual publication of the Pratt Institute Graduate Arch. & Urban Design program.

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