ABSTRACT

This book looks at specific instances in the Renaissance, Enlightenment and our own time when architectural ideas and ideas of biological life come into close proximity with each other. These convergences are fascinating and complex, offering new insights into architecture and its role. Establishing architecture as a product of the ascendancy of the position of human life, the author shows here that while architecture is dependent on life forces for its existence, at the same time it must be, at some level, indifferent to the life within it. Life, for its part, privileges itself above all else, and seeks to continuously expand its field of expression. This, then, is the asymmetrical condition, and to understand it is to gain important new theoretical perspectives into the nature of architecture.

chapter |29 pages

INTRODUCTION

part Part I|48 pages

LIFE (BEFORE)

chapter 1|20 pages

PARTITIONING THE ORTHOPEDIC WHOLE

chapter 2|12 pages

INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

chapter 3|13 pages

LIFE (BEFORE)

part Part II|62 pages

LIFE (AFTER): POST-ANIMAL LIFE

chapter 4|10 pages

POST-ANIMAL LIFE

chapter 5|22 pages

AFTER

chapter 6|18 pages

WAYS OF LIFE

part Part III|86 pages

THE DIVIDE

chapter 8|24 pages

BIRDS (FROM ABOVE)

chapter 9|20 pages

BIRDS (FROM BELOW)

chapter 10|16 pages

SPACE: THE ANIMAL-FIELD

chapter 11|12 pages

PRAYING MANTIS: TOTEM ANIMAL OF THE THIRTIES

chapter 12|11 pages

MIMICRY

part Part IV|32 pages

MILIEU

chapter 13|12 pages

VERTICAL, STANDING UPRIGHT

chapter 14|12 pages

FRAMING

chapter 15|5 pages

LASCAUX: TOTEM MILIEU OF THE SIXTIES

part Part V|40 pages

ANIMAL URBANISM

chapter 16|26 pages

STOCK EXCHANGE: STANDING UPRIGHT, IDLE

chapter 17|11 pages

THE CITY: HORIZONTAL, UPRIGHT, WORKING

part Part VI|37 pages

PROCESSING

chapter 18|12 pages

ENGINEERING

chapter 19|19 pages

PROCESSING