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Deleuze and the story of the superfold
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Critical Studies in Architecture.
2013 (English)In: Deleuze and Architecture / [ed] Hélène Frichot, Stephen Loo, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013, 1, 79-95 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Gilles Deleuze’s concept of the fold has inspired much architectural experimentation in terms of novel form-making, or fold-making writ large at the scale of buildings and even urban environments. With what can be called the rise of a new biological paradigm in architecture, the concept of the fold, while less explicitly evident, continues to promise novel approaches to form-making, and is also suggestive of a way in which architecture can conjoin with a life within the folds. Contemporary avant-garde architects now claim that one day soon buildings will respond to life criteria, by becoming something akin to building-organisms. A definition of life is broadly appropriated from the life sciences, and the models that it uses to map life in process range from the scale of the cells that cluster as organisms to the organization of ecological systems. The resulting focus on generative digital models, which borrow from genetics, evolutionary theory, and so forth, continues to draw on the aesthetics of Deleuze and Félix Guattari. I will argue that an emphasis on an aesthetics of life that is directed toward architectural formal ends, and which calls upon an array of interdisciplinary sources including biology, computer science and philosophy, risks forgetting the ethical and political importance of simultaneously pursuing an ethics of immanence, or else what Guattari has called an ecosophy. The drawing of the diagram of the fold also designates a tremulous site of battle that pertains to life, how it is defined and how it is transforming, especially in societies of control. In the Appendix of his book Foucault, Deleuze describes what he calls the Superfold, a concept by which he speculates on a life within the folds that goes beyond the human organism as well as beyond the silicon-based machine: A life within the folds in profound contact with the outside of thought is not all that it seems. I will conclude the essay with a discussion of this marginal concept of the superfold and its implications for the ground that is shared between architecture and philosophy.

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Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013, 1. 79-95 p.
, Deleuze connections
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Gilles Deleuze, philosophy, architecture, superfold, fold
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-127406ISBN: 9780748674640ISBN: 9780748674657OAI: diva2:643982

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Available from: 2013-08-29 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2013-10-18Bibliographically approved

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