chapter  1
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This thing called theory

In the early 2000s, after semiotics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction’s flirt with Derridean

philosophy and Deleuzian redefinitions of folds and diagrams, the impact of the digital in

architecture seemed to have vanquished the ‘need’ for architecture to refer to discourses

from the humanities. Issues and questions of architecture seemed to look elsewhere,

while the concerns of the humanities began to converge with the sciences. Today, in an

age of extreme specialization and thus far inconceivable intersections of strands of

knowledge, architecture needs to reinvent itself. As architecture reconsiders its status

as a discipline in relation to digital technologies, material sciences, biology and

environmental transformations, it continues to introject thoughts and practices

developed ‘outside’ architecture. It is indeed the very openness and connectedness of

architecture that can offer a line of continuity in the process of self-definition and

reinvention that has always characterised it as a practice of the multiple and of the

critical. As a discipline that never simply makes physical environments, architecture acts

in and through all its intersections with its ‘other’ as a critical and cultural agent.