Fluid dynamics as bases for ideology of the air in this essay
***Perceptual environments- those that determine what we feel, hear and see – are all thermodynamic in that they are fundamentally about the motion of energy. Furthermore, as energy is not visible, thermodynamic systems are not legible.***
The tools do exist, the knowledge is available, but we must shift our contexts through which we define the body’s environment in a building.
The contexts in question are those that are premised on formal determinism. The concept of boundary, the
use of scale, and d1e choice of the reference frame seem pro forma to us, but the presumption that d1e building,
particularly its form, serves as the point of origin for defining these is antithetical to the description of energy
systems. In these systems, boundaries are behaviors, not walls, and scale relates to d1e phenomenon and not to
d1e size of the building. More difficult to untangle is d1e issue of d1e reference frame, being shifted from one in
which d1e building is d1e objective determinant to one in which d1e subject operates as d1e center. The following
essay steps away from om normative representation of d1e perceptual environment, and begins to ask how
we might reconfigure d1ese contexts in order to produce architecture as a construction of subjective effects rad1er
than an assembly of objective artifacts.
Orthographic projection produced the objectified surface – fixed Cartesian space and endlessly reproducible. What cannot be easily reproduced is the perception of experience of the environment that is always transient, always unique. […]
This objectification of the surface as both progenitor and the representative frame of environmental phenomena keeps us tautologically bound to a Renaissance definition of space even while our surface forms have become progressively articulated and non-orthogonal. Escaping this bind requires that we subordinate the hegemony of the picture-plane representation, and begin to understand the surface as fluid and contingent rather than fixed and constituent. Only then can we begin to apply the unprecedented array of tools now available, which allows for the representation of phenomenological behavior.
from “Softspace: From a Representation of Form to a Simulation of Space”
essay by Michelle Addington