The death of determinism
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The death of determinism book
Determinism in design is fueled either by ego or naiveté. The assumption that an architect, even when augmented with expert consultants and cutting edge technologies, can predict and accommodate all of the nuances that occur during the construction and occupation of his or her design, finds evident error. If this were the case, then tolerances would not exist and the intent forever persist; the bolt would always fit in the hole and the tenants would never repaint the walls in a different color. As ludicrous as this sounds, the celebration of digital tools and prefabrication would have one believe that no matter how complex the structure or program, we can anticipate and solve all the problems in the computer before we start. If we accept this condition and the impossibility of prescience, the question central to the thesis of the publication arises; how do we accommodate change in architecture?