[design] philosophy

left: Manhattan 2011  right: Manhattan 2106 {http://architecture.myninjaplease.com}

Poetic Pragmatics Conceptual driver: forces that influence, steer or regulate the project

  • existing site: orientation, character
  • surrounding elements: existing buildings, trajectories, city at large
  • natural conditions
  • determine gestural form
  • re-interpreting the existing standards of the project program

“Versioning can be seen as an attitude rather than an ideology. It allows architects to think or practice across multiple disciplines, freely borrowing tactics from film, food, finance, fashion, economics and politics for use in design, or reversing the model and using architectural theory to participate in other problem-solving fields. Versioning is important to architects because it attempts to remove architecture from a stylistically driven cycle of consumption.”

SHoP “Versioning” 2002, Theories and Manifestoes of Contemporary Architecture, Charles Jencks, Karl Kropf


Poetic Pragmatics Functionality of the program that is rooted in the conceptual foundation

  • adjacencies of like program elements
  • circulation throughout

  • point of view of the user, visitor, passerby, neighbors
  • refinement of the gestural, conceptual forms: Six Determinants of Architectural Form
  1. environment of the building, relationship to other buildings and site
  2. form in the functional aspect
  3. region, climate, landscape, natural lighting conditions
  4. materiality
  5. psychological demands of the space
  6. spirit of the times

Paul Rudolph “The Six Determinants of Architectural Form” 1956, Theories and Manifestoes of Contemporary Architecture, Charles Jencks, Karl Kropf

Addendum: October 25, 2011

BEING SUCCINCT: Poetic Pragmatics is the hybridization of conceptual, experiential elements that make a space influential on the human condition while providing pragmatic relationships that generate longevity and the ability to maintain relevance.

IN SIX WORDS: Transformation of poetics into pragmatic relationships.



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