Architecture in the Space of Flows
Edited by Andrew Ballantyne, Christopher Smith
Routledge – 2012 – 242 pages
Traditionally, architecture has been preoccupied with the resolution of form. That concern helps to make photogenic buildings, which have received a great deal of attention. This book looks instead at the idea of the flows, which connects things together and moves between things. It is more difficult to discuss, but more necessary, because it is what makes things work. Architects have to think about flow – the flow of people through buildings, the flow of energy into buildings, and waste out of them – but usually the effects of flow do not find expression. The essays gathered here present a collection of exploratory ideas and offer an understanding of buildings, people and settlements through concepts of flow.
"Provides remarkable insights into how architecture can be conceptualized not in, but 'as a space of flows'.” – Erdkunde
1. Fluxion Andrew Ballantyne and Chris L. Smith Part 1: Places in Flux 2. Theoretical, Conceptual, Ethical and Methodological Stakes to Induce a New Age: M.U.D. Marc Godts and Nel Janssens 3. Oceanic Spaces of Flow Amanda Yates 4. Interpretive Flow: A 1930s Trans-Cultural Architectural Nexus Åsa Andersson 5. Solar Flow: The Uses of Light in Gold Coast Living Patricia Wise 6. Trade Flow: Architectures of Informal Markets Peter Moertenboeck and Helge Mooshammer 7. Local Flows: Rom-Hoob’s Phenomena of Transition Soranart Sinuraibhan Part 2: Spaces of Flow 8. Controlling Flow: On the Logistics of Distributive Space Craig Martin 9. Temporal Flows Steve Basson 10. Navigating Flow: Architecture of the Blogospere Wael Salah Fahmi 11. The (Not So) Smooth Flow Between Architecture and Life Stephen Loo Part 3: Envoi 12. Limits of Fluxion Michael Tawa
Andrew Ballantyne is Professor of Architecture at Newcastle University, UK. His books include What is Architecture?, Deleuze and Guattari for Architects and Architecture Theory.
Chris L. Smith is an Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Techné and is an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney. His research is concerned with the interdisciplinary nexus of philosophy, biology and architectural theory.