This edited volume considers the ways in which multiple stages, phases, or periods in an artistic or design process have served to arrive at the final artifact, with a focus on the meaning and use of the iteration. To contextualize iteration within artistic and architectural production, this collection of essays presents a range of close studies in art, architectural and design history, using archival and historiographical research, media theory, photography, material studies, and critical theory. It examines objects as unique yet mutable works by examining their antecedents, successive exemplars, and their afterlives—and thus their role as organizers or repositories of meaning. Key are the roles of writing, the use of media, and relationships between object, image, and reproduction. This volume asks how a closer look at iteration reveals new perspectives into the production of objects and the production of thought alike.

Written by an international team of contributors, offering a range of perspectives, it looks broadly at meaning and insight offered by the iteration—for processes of design, for historical research, and for the reception of creative works.

chapter Chapter 1|24 pages

Managing Iteration: The Modularity of the Kew Herbarium

ByZeynep Çelik Alexander

chapter Chapter 2|24 pages

A Spiraling History of Architecture

ByMichael Gnehm

chapter Chapter 3|22 pages

Bernhard Pankok’s Graphic Iterations

ByPeter H. Fox

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

Sonia Delaunay: Media or Message?

ByKathleen James-Chakraborty

chapter Chapter 6|20 pages

Simon Hantaï after Pliage

ByMolly Warnock

chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

In and Out of View: Reflections on The Vessel

ByMike Ricketts

chapter Chapter 8|22 pages

The Image as Iteration

ByPeter Sealy

chapter |6 pages

Coda: The Interchronic Pause and the Temporality of Iteration

ByTimothy Hyde