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The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality

  • Author(s) : Pia Ednie-Brown, Mark Burry, Andrew Burrow
  • ISBN: 978-1-1199-7865-7
  • 136 pages
  • January 2013
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The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality

The pressure to innovate has become pervasive. Both inside and outside the architectural profession we are increasingly pressed by the quest for the new; by an innovation imperative. But what does ‘innovation’ really mean for architecture? Predominantly framed in terms of technological invention, economics and consumption, the notion of innovation is often problematically applied to the arts. Design and creativity are widely considered as drivers within innovation economies, but how can architects understand and approach the imperative to innovate meaningfully, ethically and on their own terms? Suggesting a process that is fundamentally emergent, collective and environmentally situated, The Innovation Imperative explores architectural innovation in terms of the production of vitality. Emphasising attention to ways of doing as key to innovation, this title of AD brings together historical perspectives with a range of leading provocative, emerging approaches to architectural practice that together offer fresh insight into the often vague and ubiquitous atmospheres of innovation-speak. Ultimately, this issue asks how an emphasis on vitality might offer a more nuanced understanding of the aesthetic value and ethical know-how intertwined within innovative architectural endeavour.

Contributors include: Mario Carpo, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, Jondi Keane, Brian Massumi, Leon van Schaik, Michael Weinstock, and Gretchen Wilkins and Liam Young.
Featured architects and designers include: Arakawa and Gins, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Greg Lynn, MOS (Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample), Francois Roche, Veronika Valk and Vergelabs.

The Argument

Antoine Picon

Counterargument: Counter-argument, by Antoine Picon

In his counterpoint, Antoine Picon argues that architectural innovation requires a tradition from which it departs. Architecture appears as much as a tradition as a discipline. To be aware of this tradition represents the necessary condition to make design more receptive to the unforeseeable future that true innovation entails. It helps to make sense of innovation. Architectural innovation does not only have to be ethical; it must make sense.

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In his counterpoint, Antoine Picon argues that architectural innovation requires a tradition from which it departs. Architecture appears as much as a tradition as a discipline. To be aware of this tradition represents the necessary condition to make design more receptive to the unforeseeable future that true innovation entails. It helps to make sense of innovation. Architectural innovation does not only have to be ethical; it must make sense.

Pia Ednie-Brown

Argument: Argument, by Pia Ednie-Brown

What is innovation in architecture beyond the next trendy thing? What is important about innovative architecture, and how do we even recognize it? How might architects strive to make their practices more innovative amidst the challenges of contemporary conditions? The Innovation Imperative addresses these questions through an emphasis on how approaches to practice become a key site of innovative action.

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What is innovation in architecture beyond the next trendy thing? What is important about innovative architecture, and how do we even recognize it? How might architects strive to make their practices more innovative amidst the challenges of contemporary conditions? The Innovation Imperative addresses these questions through an emphasis on how approaches to practice become a key site of innovative action. Rather than simply seeking newness in the architectural object per se, innovative architecture can be understood in terms of initiating unrealized potential. Innovative action becomes vitalizing: triggering new life and invigorating the architectural pulse. Architectural innovation operates in the often wildly oscillating balance between individual and collective action, opening up new and relevant discursive spaces, material assemblages, and ways of doing architecture.

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Table of Contents

Imprint Page/Contents

Editorial

Helen Castle

About The Guest‐Editors

Pia Ednie‐Brown, Mark Burry, Andrew Burrow

The Innovative Imperative: Architectures of Vitality

Pia Ednie‐Brown, Mark Burry, Andrew Burrow

The Ethics of the Imperative

Pia Ednie‐Brown

Design and Society: Innovation Through Appropriation and Adaptation

Mark Burry

Innovation at the Storefront: The Practice of Eva Franch I Gilabert

Pia Ednie‐Brown

Architecture as Initiative (A Manifesto)

Veronika Valk

On a Fine Line: Greg Lynn and the Voice of Innovation

Pia Ednie‐Brown

Becoming Architectural: Affirmative Critique, Creative Incompletion

Brian Massumi

The Ebb and Flow of Digital Innovation: From Form Making to Form Finding ‐ and Beyond

Mario Carpo

Strange Vitality: The Transversal Architecture of MOS and New Territories/R&Sie(n)

Pia Ednie‐Brown

The Vitality of Matter and the Instrumentalisation of Life

Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr

Initiating Change: Architecturing the Body‐Environment with Arakawa and Gins

Jondi Keane

bioMASON and the Speculative Engagements of Biotechnical Architecture

Pia Ednie‐Brown

The Evolutionary Dynamics of Sentience in Cities

Michael Weinstock

Final Draft: Designing Architecture's Endgame

Gretchen Wilkins, Andrew Burrow

Differentiation in Vital Practice: An Analysis Using RMIT University of Technology and Design Interfaces With Architects

Leon van Schaik

The Mothers of Invention

Tom Daniell

Designing Tomorrow's Innovation

Terry Cutler

Architecture, Innovation and Tradition

Antoine Picon

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