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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
  • Price: US $45.00 Buy this issue

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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