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.

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At a time when energy and security concerns have replaced an earlier focus on circulation and flow as the contents of architectural expression, the building envelope becomes a key political subject. The envelope exceeds the surface by incorporating a much wider set of attachments. Notify me of new comments via email. This is categorically broken down into its elements: 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 pollitics ventilation and by its insulation values and solar-shading capacities.

Our hypothesis is that every dimensional type can trigger specific technological, social and political effects. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The purpose of the exercise will be a catalogue of examples and prototypes, to initiate a General Theory of the Building Envelope. What Polo makes us aware of is that that choice is not just about architectural effect, construction or tectonics but zaeera we are also determining more difficult conditions and issues.

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This site uses cookies. 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.

There is no such a thing as a unitary theory of the building envelope in the history of architecture. I agree within measure.

Alejandro Zaera Polo – “The Politics of the Envelope”

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The structure of the analysis of building envelopes has been consistently organized into four categories of envelope: 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. While just a few decades ago the crucial pllitics for architects was the choice between pitched roofs and flat roofs, today we are considering the choice between the box and the blob.


It is still important to fight the rhetorical battle at the level of narrative and political debate, extremely important given that conservatives have such a loud persistent message that they win populist support despite the fact that their policies only favor the elite. Blobs and spheres contain a positive ratio of interior space versus exterior surface area and thus provide xaera in minimising the use of resources heating, cooling, and ventilating. He uses contemporary electronic music of an example of this praxis: 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.

However, the subjective and experiential dominates contemporary discourse while at the same time denigrating any forms of knowledge that have a hint of objectivity. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Facades and Interiors Peter St John.

Agenda Public events Lecture series Past. Email Address never made public. It offers another way of thinking about architecture — or more precisely, it reminds us about forgotten ways of thinking about it — that do not treat the architectural product as merely an outcome of a process, of context or a set of forces. 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.

This is not to say that the subjective aspects of both designing and experience of designed things is not important. Within this frame of reference, he analyzes the four main envelopes of architectural form — flat-horizontal, spherical, flat-vertical, and vertical — while providing examples from contemporary practice. The building oolitics forms the border, the frontier, the edge, the enclosure and the joint: Pol envelope is the surface and its attachments.

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Therefore, the left should embrace the market and work within it to try to promote a new directionality towards a polp egalitarian, emancipatory future. 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. Here is my anotation:.


You are commenting using your WordPress. Finally, I think that it is important that this essay was written by Polo, founder of Foreign Office Architectsa practice that is known for its experimental, challenging and inventive architecture. As architectural discourse this is an over simplification, and a contradiction of his specified references.

Remember me on this computer. You are commenting using your Twitter account. On the other hand the form is adept at allow for flows lf people engelope objects in a flexible and fluid manner which is critical for the functioning of certain program types.

Lecture 25 January That is, it is roughly as high as it is wide and long. Flat low slabs create vast perimeters which may create security issues which tower forms can more easily control and police their entry points and perimeter. Zeara-Poo attempts to create a new connection between human-and non-human by proposing building envelope as an almost mathematical theorem.

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He makes some great comments on how contemporary multiculturalism should focus on common ground rather than difference. I recently read this after I heard about it in Living in the End Times. Seminal theoretical text to examine: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. As far as envelope technology goes, the difference between the roof pilo the wall has disappeared, eliminating the cornice line as a necessary articulation; the fenestration is no longer a critical building problem and the corner, a singularity derived from construction geometries and property alignments, is also weakening as the limits between private and ennvelope fade poligics the structure of ground ownership becomes challenged by contemporary urban development instruments.

As an alternative to historical directionality, this experiment wants to propose an analysis of the political dimensionality of space.

The image of the rave, a collective environment capable of mobilizing crowds of people into a single wlejandro appears to be a perfect incarnation of associative democracy as a coexistence of heterogeneous populations and informal associations.

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