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Architectural Materialisms

Nonhuman Creativity

Edited by Maria Voyatzaki

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Maps materiality’s importance in the emergent posthuman future of architecture

This book gathers 14 architects, designers, performing artists, film makers, media theorists, philosophers, mathematicians and programmers. They all argue that matter in contemporary posthuman times has to be rethought in its rich internal dynamism and its multifaceted context. By transversally crossing disciplinary boundaries, new and profound insights into contemporary thinking and creating architecture emerge.

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Architectural Materialisms: Nonhuman Creativity
Maria Voyatzaki

  1. Causality and Meaning in the New Materialism
    Manuel DeLanda
  2. Tangible versus Intangible Materiality: Interpreting Gaudí and the Colliding Forces of Traditional and Innovative Construction
    Mark Burry
  3. Internalising Continuous Variation
    Kas Oosterhuis
  4. Paramateriality: Novel Biodigital Manifolds
    Marcos Cruz
  5. A Vital, Architectural Materialism; a House-person’s Escape from the Anthropocentric
    Pia Ednie-Brown
  6. Performing Bitumen, Materialising Desiré
    Julieanna Preston and Jen Archer-Martin
  7. Machine-oriented Architecture: Oikos and Ecology
    Levi R. Bryant
  8. The Compass of Beauty: A Search for the Middle
    Lars Spuybroek
  9. Architectures of Air: Media Ecologies of Smart Cities and Pollution
    Jussi Parikka
  10. The Intelligence of Computational Design
    Luciana Parisi
  11. Grothendieck Toposes: Architectural and Plastic Imagination beyond Material Number and Space
    Fernando Zalamea
  12. Vicarious Architectonics, Strange Objects: Chance-bound: Michel Serres’ Exodus from Methodical Reason
    Vera Bühlmann
  13. Transmythologies
    Maria Voyatzaki

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About the Author

Maria Voyatzaki (Vogiatzaki) is an architect and Professor of Architecture, Anglia Ruskin University, UK and a Professor of Architectural Design and Technology, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds a PhD from the University of Bath, UK. She is the chief editor of peer-reviewed e-archidoct Journal. She has been involved in the European Association for Architectural Education as a Council Member and was the Coordinator of the European Network of Design and Technology Teachers.


The essays gathered in this valuable book deal with the growing influence that a rejuvenated materialism is having over the thinking of architects. The concept of self-organisation and the advent of new technologies to simulate and interact with the emergent products of spontaneous morphogenesis, have opened brand new directions for design and thought. The editor's opening essay alone, an overview of this tectonic shift, makes this book indispensable reading.

- Manuel DeLanda, Princeton University

This collection will make a great addition to both neo-materialism of architecture and architecture of neo-materialism.

- Andrej Radman, Delft University of Technology

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