Archives for the month of: september, 2013
Situated in Architectural Buildings and Architectural Theory
The fractal pattern of self-organizing urbanism. Image Courtesy of Nikos Salingaros
The fractal pattern of self-organizing urbanism. Image Courtesy of Nikos Salingaros

I have for a while been looking for new views upon architecture and theory.

After writing my first article about the differences of the Roman and Present-time architectural process I figured out, that we need a theory to work with – an architectural believe.

At ArchDaily today, I found 2 chapters of Nikos Salingaros’ book Unified Architectural Theory. When reading it, some of my thoughts were falling into place.

I have always believed that architecture is for people and not the opposite. 130918_Unified Architectural Theory_1We build and draw to make people feel better! But how do we do that?

In Chapter 1, Nikos Salingaros says: Architecture is a human act that invades and displaces the natural ecosystem”. 130918_Unified Architectural Theory_2He believes that architecture fails when architects are detached from nature by listening to science instead of their gut reaction that Nikos Salingaros think 90 % of the time is the same across cultures and distances. Nature is where we come from and where we belong and nature gives us “…our personal and emotional connection to the universe.” And he continues “This might not matter when investigating some technical problems, but it’s all-important for things that affect us, like architecture.”

I find this and the following statement very important for my further research in improving the architectural process.

“Logically, architecture has to have a theoretical basis that begins with the natural ecosystem”.130918_Unified Architectural Theory_3


Situated in About the PhD project

I have had a hard time figuring out how to organize all my ideas. Today I figured out, that the tools were just in front of me: My drawings combined with text.

My though is to develop the drawing during my PhD and dig into each idea. It would be great if I could get an answer on each idea and put the solution into a new drawing – the improved drawing.


Situated at Architectural Process

130903_Lean - combining two worlds

According to an article at the Danish professor Jan Stentoft Arlbjørn, working at University of Southern Denmark, think the word lean is used in the wrong context when applying the word to every day happenings and to every little change in different companies.

He says that the problem is, that people does not understand the background philosophy, but use bits and pieces of the philosophy which does not make it the lean-process, but lean-tools.

What I find important is the gap that he mentions between a lean process and a creative process.

Lean process is effectiveness of a standardized product

Creative process is new products

This statement is interesting for my Ph.d. project because overall I am trying to combine two worlds that not many people think can be combined – a creative process and an effective process.

I am ready to prove them wrong. I understand, that the philosophy of the two worlds has to be changed so they can emerge, but if I keep the best of two worlds, I think my mission is complete. It is possible with kids, and then it must be possible with a process as well! I believe!