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Architectonics of Poiēsis

Architectural Creation Reconsidered

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This volume explores the meaning of the architectural creative act, following the dynamics of the relationship between creator-creative act-creation and the way in which architecture is defined over time, as a creative act both material and symbolic. Two protagonists, Antonio Averlino (Filarete) and Christopher Alexander, are singled out under the guiding concepts of poíēsis and poeta faber. The book initiates a dialogue over time between their works and concepts, engaging two cultures, the Renaissance and the contemporary, symbolically chosen for their importance in redefining the profession through the prism of its relation to the architectural creative act.

The core idea revolves around rediscovering the humanistic approach to architecture in and for the contemporary context, and using it in order to better understand architectural creation. This text appeals to students and researchers working in the history and theory of architecture, product, industrial design, and semiotics.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Part I

Frontmatter
Chapter 1. Contemporary Views on Architectural Creation—A New Paradigm
Abstract
This chapter presents various contemporary critical perspectives on architecture as a creative process. Despite originating from different fields such as architecture, history and philosophy, these perspectives converge towards the notion of restoring the fundamental nature of architectural creation. The emergence of a shared concern and analysis towards the contemporary context across various disciplinary fields, whether they are tangent or intersecting, indicates that this approach is not solitary or negligible. Rather, it is extensive enough to be considered a paradigmatic phenomenon. The multiple perspectives and their diverse origins validate this phenomenon. Although the approaches outlined may appear to reject the current state of a consumerist, technological, informational and fragmented society, they are in fact a necessary complement to a contemporary vision of reality. Their role is to improve it rather than deny it. Understanding the complexities of the current context is essential for a deeper comprehension of the architectural creation’s achievements and drawbacks rather than a complete break from it.
Simina Anamaria Lörincz
Chapter 2. Architectural Creation—A Dichotomic Approach
Abstract
The second chapter examines five instances of the conceptualisation of architecture as a creative process over time—between téchnē/ art and epistḗmē science, between theory and practice, between ars mechanica and ars liberalis, between scientific character and humanist spirit and, finally, between the real and the ideal. Understanding the profession of architecture between the limits of each of these five instances provides a firmer foundation for the perspectives highlighted in the first chapter, and supports the central idea of this study, namely the need to recover an integrated approach to architecture, capable of balancing the various dimensions that polarise it (technical, economic, sustainable, scientific, but also ethical, psychosomatic, symbolic, poetic).
Simina Anamaria Lörincz

Part II

Frontmatter
Chapter 3. Poíēsis and Faber: Engaging the Material Aspect of Architectural Creation
Abstract
Under the sign of faber and through the power of the two chosen examples (Filarete and Christopher Alexander), architecture rediscovers a different relationship with the creative act, which aims to complement the way it is currently perceived within the profession. Artistic or artisanal interests, manual experience and direct involvement in the act of building, once the trademark of the architect, can be brought back into the contemporary professional discourse, recovering skills that have been neglected or lost over time (such as “ingegno”, that mental power doubled by technical imagination and manual skill), but which seem to hold great value for the meaning of the discipline.
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Chapter 4. Poíēsis and Poeta: Toward a Perceptive and Symbolic Recovery of Architectural Creation
Abstract
Under the sign of poeta, a so-called ulterior purpose of architecture emerges, which is essential to the completion of the pragmatic objectives of architecture. We can call it symbolic, exploring the invisible instances of the act of architectural creation: from perceptive manifestation, passion and compassion for people and the world, to symbolic manifestation, related to myth, ritual and the sacred. Although difficult to quantify in a rationally oriented discipline, these instances demonstrate their relevance and necessity in the general oikonomia of the profession.
Simina Anamaria Lörincz

Part III

Frontmatter
Chapter 5. Toward an Architectural Education Guided by Poíēsis
Abstract
The image of the architect—poeta faber—proposed in this book suggests a permanent oscillation and negotiation between the various dimensions of the discipline examined in the first chapter—namely, art–science, practice–theory, mechanical art–liberal art, science–humanistic discipline, and real–ideal. From this perspective, the education and training of such a professional depends on striking a balance between these valences, which must be seen as complementary instances rather than as antithetical positions. The “lesson” of poíēsis undoubtedly meets this purpose.
Simina Anamaria Lörincz
Chapter 6. Embodying Poíēsis in Contemporary Architectural Education
Abstract
To help conclude this study, as an addition to the ideas exposed throughout the investigation of the architectonics of poíēsis, this chapter will now provide two examples of the successful embodiment of the poetic spirit in the formative experience. These examples are two complex pedagogical experiments, one at the architectural scale of the object and the other at the urban scale of the city, both encompassing a recovery of the true meaning of architectural creation.
Simina Anamaria Lörincz
Backmatter
Metadata
Title
Architectonics of Poiēsis
Author
Simina Anamaria Lörincz
Copyright Year
2024
Electronic ISBN
978-3-031-59959-0
Print ISBN
978-3-031-59958-3
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-59959-0