Kris Mun & F. Myles Sciotto

USC Architecture

Studio 402 | Spring 2013

Studio Abstract
In this studio, from inception to production to interaction, vital geometry sees geometry as forces and involves a dynamic approach to thinking about design, designing thinking. Just as 19th century’s new industrial technologies propelled Semper to devise “Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts; or, Practical Aesthetics”, we will create a practical theory of aesthetics that is derived from within technical engagements of modern computing and digital fabrication. Examined from a broad perspective in historic traditions, a discourse of matter philosophy from 17th c onwards in the arts, science and technology encourages a processual reality, creating the most exquisite forms.

Vitalized Geometry is a world of abstract matter, becoming form.Gothic tradition saw geometry as ‘alive’ through a world of forces (Worringer). The idea of the vital, or enlivened, is based on technologies (Gille) of matter that are able to self-stimulate form from within. Contrary to traditional role of the architect who imposes form over matter, here matter (organic/inorganic & analog/digital) is viewed as alive, not inert. Intrinsic to this thought is a theory of organization that considers information as in-formation.

Vitalized Geometry is about beauty and the aesthetics of coding.Beauty is both familiar and unknown. Familiarity, like pattern recognition, occurs through time, memory, experience. Unknowability is latent energy living in the world of potentials. Arguing from within technical acuity of dynamic systems and algorithms, aesthetics of coding translates directly into the aesthetics of form that anticipates, yet rejects predictability.

Vitalized Geometry is a-life, an ecology of ‘territories’.These territories “…reflect very subtle agreements between the beholder’s internal state and the change in context introduced by an object.” (G. Flake) ‘Subtle agreements’ invoke performativity, beyond mechanical efficiency, creating a dialogue and Logic of Sensation (Deleuze) and an ecology of matter, a true sustainability in our global culture (Guattari).