In this age of over emphasis on subjective approaches to forms of knowledge in the design disciplines Alejandro Zaera Polo’s essay is a. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Alejandro Zaera-Polo and others published The Politics of the Envelope. A Political Critique of Materialism. Seminal theoretical text to examine: The Politics of the Envelope, Alejandro Zaera-Polo Zeara-Polo’s The Politics of the Envelope is an exposition into the role of.

Author: Mom Kajisho
Country: Samoa
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Science
Published (Last): 5 March 2010
Pages: 332
PDF File Size: 3.55 Mb
ePub File Size: 15.67 Mb
ISBN: 812-9-69605-927-4
Downloads: 71310
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: JoJomuro

The purpose of the exercise will be a catalogue of examples and prototypes, to initiate a General Theory of the Building Envelope. During this experiment we will try to identify the opportunities within the constraints—the attachments—that come with the dimensional specificity of each envelope typology, and develop prototypes that will be capable to exploit these potentials.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Agenda Public events Lecture series Past. The envelope has the capacity to re-present, tthe in the sense to which the architectural critique has accustomed us, but in the ancient political role that articulates the relationships between humans andnon-humans in a common world.

The Politics of the Envelope – Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Reading Discussion) | Performative Ornament

xlejandro This site uses cookies. By analyzing the building envelope, we may be able to re-empower the discipline as a truly transformative force in the reorganisation of contemporary power ecologies. Zeara-Poo attempts to create a new connection between human-and ov by proposing building envelope as politicd almost mathematical theorem.

I recently read this after I heard about it in Living in the End Times. Our hypothesis is that every dimensional type can trigger specific technological, social and political effects. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It includes the crust of space affected by the physical construction of the surface, by the scale and dimension of the space contained, by its permeability to daylight and ventilation and by its insulation values and solar-shading capacities.

  JBL 4733A PDF

Every group will have to do a basic research on the specific typology, produce some conclusions and make one or several proposals of prototypes that could be implemented in a particular situation. Remember me on this computer.

It is also entirely apropos for my work on hip-hop. It also involves the space that surrounds the object, its orientation in respect to sun, wind, views, etc.

Facades and Interiors Peter St John. I agree within measure. Notify me of new comments via email. His point is that by altering cultural forms rather than content — in architecture, the envelope — emancipatory politics can create the conditions of possibility for societal transformation without opposing the logic of the infinitely adaptable free market.

Zeara-Polo proposes that historically. The introduction of certain cladding and roofing technologies, such as curtain walling systems, silicon joints, and plastic waterproofing membranes, has eliminated the need for cornices, corners, pediments, and window reveals. Help Center Find new research papers in: Instead envelopw merely critiquing how social reproduction works through architecture, Zaera Polo proposes that architecture politicize its discipline, making intervention in the political sphere possible without falling victim to outdated forms of critique and rebellion.

In architectural design this has led to a lack of interest in form along with a decreasing lack of skill in manipulating physical and spatial form.

Blobs and spheres contain a positive ratio of interior space versus exterior surface area and thus provide advantages in minimising the use of resources heating, cooling, oplitics ventilating. On the other hand the form is adept at allow for flows of people and objects in a flexible and fluid manner which is critical for the functioning of certain program types. However, the subjective and experiential dominates contemporary discourse while at the same time denigrating any forms of zsera that have a hint of objectivity.

Like artificial intelligence and genetics, the building envelope is now a technology at the vortex of the political storm. Email required Address never made public.

Cubes, spheres, and anything in between tthe produce the effects and possess the conditions that Polo describes. The work will be aldjandro by distributing the participants in four groups which will be specialized in each one of the envelope categories.


Alejandro Zaera Polo – “The Politics of the Envelope”

You are commenting using your WordPress. The image of the rave, a collective environment capable of mobilizing crowds of people into a single rhythm appears to be a perfect incarnation of associative democracy as a coexistence of heterogeneous populations and informal associations.

Form is there, whether traditional or avant-garde and when we ignore it we deny one of the few things of which we are truly meant to be specialists in.

Seminal theoretical text to examine: For example, the flat horizontal slab think airport, mall, warehouse shed, etc. You are commenting using your Twitter account. A Political Critique of Materialism. This is categorically broken down into its elements: The building envelope is possibly the oldest and most primitive architectural element.

Notify me of new posts via email. In order to remove all aspects of historical preference having indication of any future theoretical propositions, Zeara-Polo utilises a simplistic architectural element of design and the built element: While this sounds like yet another reductive formalist categorisation of architecture the precision with which he outlines the implications of each make the socio-political content of these forms very evident.

Because the variety of affects exist in many spheres technical, cultural, constructional, experiential the choice of the basic form type is not an easy one. The envelope is the surface and its attachments. Furthermore, it contradicts the dynamic nature of such a theory in response to global politics.

While just a few decades ago the crucial question for architects was the choice between pitched roofs and flat roofs, today we are considering the choice between the box and the blob.