Responsive Architecture – 1 Reflexivity

The beginnings of this blog reflect largely upon a course I am taking called “Responsive Architecture, Reflexive City” where we critically analyze specified readings based on a new design method known as “responsive architecture.” The goal is to discover new ways of design that focus on the use of feedback systems to help understand parameters that better inform our concepts. This in turn allows us to create buildings that can use these feedback systems to understand the ever evolving needs of the human being and then respond to those needs. This is the response written to the first reading.

“Post Criticality”

By Robert Cowherd

The concept of Reflexivity through the use of specified critical thinking can help steer architecture into a more progressive and meaningful direction.

With the death of modernism, the course of post modernism, and the ever-expanding world around us, architectural design has been caught in a moment of chaos where theory has been replaced by a desire to focus only on efficient and more technological thinking.

Post World War 2 architecture set forth a desire to move away from the theoretical study of human nature to a more practical and efficient way of designing. Architects began creating concepts that are free from the humanitarian issues of the world (within the Petri-Dish of closed off science labs) which has caused architecture to no longer respond to the need of the human being. This has led to designs that no longer reflect and full fill basic human needs and have created such issues as the environmental crisis.

Reflexive architecture has the chance to revive design by looking at how human nature reacts to changes made in the environment in a critical manner. Does reflexive design offer the opportunity to fix current problems in the systems that aid human existence as well as take into account future problems that may occur?


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