The architecture of the extended mind: towards a critical urban ecology

Goodbun, J. 2011. The architecture of the extended mind: towards a critical urban ecology. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Architecture and the Built Environment

TitleThe architecture of the extended mind: towards a critical urban ecology
TypePhD thesis
AuthorsGoodbun, J.
Abstract

This thesis is concerned with the difficulties that the discipline of architecture has encountered in thinking about and articulating ecological questions in recent years. I argue that it is precisely because the problems posed by the environmental question have so many personal, political and social dimensions, and are so radically trans-disciplinary, that architectural discourse and its metropolitan mediations is well positioned to reflect upon, articulate and stage as a new modern project, this multi-disciplinary and socio-ecological complexity.

The content of this thesis therefore crosses a number of different fields within the arts and sciences. I scrutinise a series of contemporary and historical moments in the development of systems thinking – or what Alfred North Whitehead described as “the philosophy of organism” – with particular reference to a socio-political re-conception of architecture, urbanism and the wider environment today. I describe a network of relationships which traces the surprisingly dynamic histories of a series of concepts – including nature, matter, organism, ecology, network, mind, emergence, system and dialectics – as they unfold across a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, cybernetics, Marxist theory, ecology and the cognitive sciences.

Ultimately, this thesis suggests that critical urban ecology – the architectural investigation of ecological aesthetics and urban political ecology – will be a key field of both theoretical investigation and practical design activism in the coming years, as the deep contradictions of capitalism unfold at an ever more intensified global scale.

Year2011
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Completed2011

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The Cell, the Field, and the Tower: the spaces of ecological cybernetics
Goodbun, J. 2018. The Cell, the Field, and the Tower: the spaces of ecological cybernetics. in: Rumpfhuber, A. (ed.) Into the Great Wide Open Barcelona DPR Barcelona.

Mud and Modernity
Goodbun, J. 2016. Mud and Modernity. ARENA Journal of Architectural Research. 1 (1), p. 4.

The Design of Scarcity
Goodbun, J., Till, J., Rumpfhuber, A. and Klein, M. 2015. The Design of Scarcity. Moscow Strelka.

Space-Time and Architecture
Field, F., Goodbun, J. and Watson, V.A. 2014. Space-Time and Architecture. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. 67, pp. 322-331.

Ecological subjects
Goodbun, J. 2013. Ecological subjects. in: Berman, I. and Mitchell, E. (ed.) New constellations / new ecologies New York ACSA Press. pp. 319-325

Introduction: themes of scarcity
Goodbun, J., Till, J. and Iossifova, D. 2012. Introduction: themes of scarcity. in: Goodbun, J., Till, J. and Iossifova, D. (ed.) Scarcity: architecture in the age of depleting resources London Wiley. pp. 8-15

Gregory Bateson’s ecological aesthetics - an addendum to urban political ecology
Goodbun, J. 2010. Gregory Bateson’s ecological aesthetics - an addendum to urban political ecology. field: a Free Journal for Architecture. 4 (1), pp. 35-46.

Propaganda architecture: interview with Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf
Cunningham, D.I. and Goodbun, J. 2009. Propaganda architecture: interview with Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf. Radical Philosophy. 154, pp. 35-47.

Marx matters: aesthetics, technology and the spirit of matter
Goodbun, J. 2007. Marx matters: aesthetics, technology and the spirit of matter. in: Lloyd Thomas, K. (ed.) Material matters: architecture and material practice Routledge London, UK. pp. 67-78

Marx, architecture and modernity
Cunningham, D.I. and Goodbun, J. 2006. Marx, architecture and modernity. Journal of Architecture. 11 (2), pp. 169-185.

Fame and the changing role of the drawing
Goodbun, J. and Jaschke, K. 2005. Fame and the changing role of the drawing. in: Davies, P. and Schmiedeknecht, T. (ed.) An architect's guide to fame Oxford, UK Architectural Press. pp. 51-63

On surrealism and architecture
Goodbun, J. and Cunningham, D.I. 2005. On surrealism and architecture. in: Hardingham, S. (ed.) The 1970s is here and now Chichester, UK Wiley. pp. 66-69

Strangers in the city
Cunningham, D.I. and Goodbun, J. 2004. Strangers in the city. Radical Philosophy. 128, p. 38.

Towers of wind: WaG architecture
Goodbun, J. and Weisser, C. 2003. Towers of wind: WaG architecture. in: Borden, I., Cook, P. and Allen, L. (ed.) Bartlett works: architecture, buildings, projects London, UK August. pp. 196

Public/private pedestrianship: towards a critical experientialism of the inhabitable image
Goodbun, J. 2003. Public/private pedestrianship: towards a critical experientialism of the inhabitable image. in: Jaschke, K. and Otsch, S. (ed.) Stripping Las Vegas: a contextual review of casino resort architecture Weimar, Germany Bauhaus University Weimar Press. pp. 151-168

On the romanticism of immersive technological environments
Goodbun, J. 2003. On the romanticism of immersive technological environments. in: Medium architecture Weimar, Germany Bauhaus University Weimar Press. pp. 138-143

InterSpace: a proposal for a communicative prosthetic space
Goodbun, J. 2003. InterSpace: a proposal for a communicative prosthetic space. in: Medium architecture Weimar, Germany Bauhaus University Weimar Press. pp. 144-147

Computation matters: review of RIBA Digital Tectonics Future Studies Conference
Goodbun, J. 2002. Computation matters: review of RIBA Digital Tectonics Future Studies Conference. Architects' Journal.

S. Greer
Goodbun, J. and Weisser, C. 2002. S. Greer. in: Hardingham, S. (ed.) London: a guide to recent architecture. 6th updated edition London, UK Batsford. pp. 240-241

Brand new Tafuri: some timely notes on the imaging of spatial demands
Goodbun, J. 2001. Brand new Tafuri: some timely notes on the imaging of spatial demands. Journal of Architecture. 6 (2), pp. 155-168.

Introduction
Cunningham, D.I., Goodbun, J. and Jaschke, K. 2001. Introduction. Journal of Architecture. 6 (2), pp. 107-112.

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