Things as Holes: Voids within Patterns. Sergio Lopez-Pineiro

Project published in a+t 46 Organization or Design?

March 16, 2017

Things as Holes: Voids within Patterns. Sergio Lopez-Pineiro

Harold Fisk. Mississippi river. 1944

"We inhabit the world through patterns of organization. We recognize and design them in order to arrange every aspect of the built environment: natural geological patterns of fluvial sedimentation and erosion, street layouts and block configurations, productive agricultural landscapes, meandering paths through parks, property boundaries and city lots, glass curtain walls, office layouts, cemeteries, bricks... Patterns of organization are the result of both our conceptions (cultural, artistic, ecological…) and our technological ability. As designers of the built environment –regardless of whether we are architects, landscape architects, or urbanists– we learn and we teach that design is the construction of an intellectual position from which to manage the relationship between existing patterns of organization and from which to imagine the introduction of new ones. Relationships between patterns are constantly optimized through technical means, constantly fine-tuned to current cultural meanings, constantly re-assessed in their political  repercussions, constantly re-evaluated for their aesthetic implications, and constantly questioned for their ecological impact..."

 

Extract from the essay "Things as Holes: Voids within Patterns" by Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, published in a+t 46 Organization or Design?

 


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