Folds, Bodies & Blobs : Collected Essays by Greg Lynn

By Greg Lynn

Greg Lynn is a unusual instructor (Columbia college long island, and the college of California), author, and working towards architect. This booklet, occasioned via an exhibition of his paintings on the area "Encore...Bruxelles" collects a chain of theoretical texts that experience paralleled and prompted his layout perform. Its specialize in a restricted set of concerns regarding the connection among geometry and proportional versions of the organism seeks to supply a various array of ideas.

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13 The typology of natural orders is always underwritten by the variable measurement of difference between and within species. Villa Thiene at Cicogna, by RudolfWittkower. both the constellation of particularities and differences between the frog and the ideal man and a continuous and general faciality that registers these differences. 14 Rather than reducing the differential variations between elements to a static type, Lavater employed a continuous, differentiated system of transformation. Villa Emo at Fanzolo.

The building becomes involved with adjacent particularities. This differs from a familiar argument of contextual ism that is based on the evolution of a building from the general characteristics of an urban fabric. For a further discussion, see my "The Folded, the Pliant and the Supple" in this collection. "Buildings are no longer obelisks, but lean one uponthe other, no longer suspicious one ofthe other, like a statistical graph. " Jean Baudrillard, Simulations (New York, 1983), 135-136. 30. Jacques Derrida, The Truth in Painting (Chicago, 1987),120.

Villa Zeno at Cessalto, by Rudo/fWittkower. parts to a whole. The terms. organic, organism and organization can be used interchangeably to the extent that they all delimit things which are whole, that is, containing both a rigid external boundary "to which nothing can be added or subtracted without jeopardizing the balance of the composition," and an interior space closed to the unpredicted and contingent influences of external forces. 12 It is important to qualify these ideal bodies as whole to the fullest extent, complete to the point of exclusion.

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