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Архитектурен активизъм/параметризъм – логоптика: теза/антитеза – синтез
Architectural Activism/Parametricism – Logotopics: Thesis/Antithesis/Synthesis

Author(s): Todor Tsigov
Subject(s): Architecture, Aesthetics, Sociology of Culture, Environmental interactions
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: language; reason; noosphere; myth-creating image; mythical precedent; symbol; didactics; good and evil; suggestia; diplastia; antisuggestive barriers; mythological context; architectural language; l

Summary/Abstract: The advent of language and reason posits architectural perceptions and a religious psyche. The linguistic perception of the world – diplastia, logoptics – creates a mythology, a natural context of life and architecture via suggestive myth-creating images and mythical precedents. Myth creation increases in speed and surpasses the construction of buildings at the dawn of the 20th century, which deprives architecture of context; thus begins the modern stage of architecture. Architectural activism (thesis), which plays a pioneering role at that stage, takes a symbolic-didactic approach in place of the missing context. But the symbol, as opposed to the myth-creating image, activates the anti-suggestive barriers. After activism, a proliferation of architectural currents begins. Architectural parametricism, based on computer programmes (antithesis) comes in reaction to this. These programmes, however, do not reflect social history and identity. Moving from activism to parametricism, architecture does not take into account the loss of its mythological context, and the need to find a replacement for it. Architectural logoptics (synthesis) offers a rooting of architecture directly in language as a primary source of mythologies. Through language, architecture’s primary regulative social functions, needed in the unstable noospheric balance of today, can be restored by means of the myth-creating image, which reflects the evolutionary wholeness of the man-world. A student’s project – an architectural logoptics experiment – is presented in the article.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 126-143
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English, Bulgarian