|Chapter title||The Cell, the Field, and the Tower: the spaces of ecological cybernetics|
Ecology and cybernetics, in their everyday folk meanings at least, might seem to be completely dissociated fields: the first suggesting the study of living organisms in their environments, and the other conjuring images of automation, machines, and their control and management. They share however a concern with understanding systems, and as even the most cursory study shows, the histories of these concepts are intimately intertwined with each other. In fact,, and have in fact I argue that they have, a common structure in a certain abstract spatial imaginary which determines thinking about systems in modernity. This spatial abstraction itself emerges through a new division of labour which transformed our production and thinking about bodies, machines, and buildings. This is the story of three architectural typologies – — the bounded cell, the networked field, and the observatory tower – —, a story which raises questions about the nature of architecture and its relationship to other forms of technical and scientific knowledge, and to systems theory in general.
|Keywords||Architecture, Ecology, Cybernetics|
|Book title||Into the Great Wide Open|
|Place of publication||Barcelona|