Faculté des sciences

Diagrammatics: a cartography of complexity for design

Paisiou, Sofia

In: Design Computing and Cognition DCC’10., 2010, p. -

Urban discourses are complex products of different actors' desires, from political to social and architectural ones. In fact the role of architectural design today is also to provide this culturalized frame within which the complex political and economic transformation are embedded. As these elements come together, eventually they pick up speed and display as emergent property the capacity to... Plus

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    Urban discourses are complex products of different actors' desires, from political to social and architectural ones. In fact the role of architectural design today is also to provide this culturalized frame within which the complex political and economic transformation are embedded. As these elements come together, eventually they pick up speed and display as emergent property the capacity to empower and actualise specific local, urbansolutions. In order to study the complexity of reality in design, we propose a twofold Approach: First we propose a methodological framework: an exploratory analysis, using diagrams as a model for complexity . The diagram has the ability to form spatial attributes from discourses by representing their contents and functions but not in a specific way. It incorporates the different desires and results in a cartographic grammar that shapes place, local character and experiences. Secondly, we use as entry points for urban regulations processes 50 cases of planning competitions in Switzerland. This empirical background of planning competitions assembles all the different fields and actors' desires for architectural and urban design praxis. But more important from their role of platforms of communication between different fields, competitions, shaped by these different actors, produce design possibilities, which are realised in urban forms. They are powerful processes that from political questions formulate apolitical design problems that produce in their turn political urban events.