Architecture Publications

Campus Units

Architecture

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2018

Journal or Book Title

The Plan Journal

Volume

3

Issue

2

First Page

401

Last Page

426

DOI

10.15274/tpj.2018.03.02.8

Abstract

This paper speculates on how new forms of dwelling might be re-conceived as more nimble, flexible components: ones capable of deploying to different sites and atmospheres, while simultaneously providing more broadly distributed access to amenities that otherwise remain limited to the privileged few. Specifically, it examines the notion of a mobile dwelling architecture that could be deployed to various sites across the city - each site being characterized by particular “niche” offerings. Here, rather than dwelling units being considered as static entities within the urban fabric, they are re-considered as nimble, deployable agents - able to relocate to different sites and settings in accordance with different parameters that are customized through individual cost-benefit analyses and feedback dynamics. Accordingly, over time, bottom-up, self-organizing “niches” of fit inhabitation emerge. The paper associates this kind of designed environment with the dynamics of complex adaptive systems - where emergent global features arise from the bottom-up. Here, a kind of “swarm” urbanism is deployed: one adjusting over time in response to atmospheric variables.

Comments

This article is published as Wohl, S., Revariah, R., Fluid Urbanism: How Information Steered Architecture Might Reshape the Dynamics of Civic Dwelling. The Plan Journal, 2018, 3(2);401-426. Doi: 10.15274/tpj.2018.03.02.8. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Maggioli SpA - THE PLAN Journal

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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