From: Stavros Koumoutsos

www.praeposterous.org

Perfect Future

The future of any architecture is ruins. An excerpt from the theses of Walter Benjamin for the angel of history recites these piles of wreckages as something belonging to the past. Knowledge is recreated in the present through systematic study on the past, just like Angelus Novus flies “into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward.”1 Ruins are the loci from which architecture draws in order to improve and develop in continuity with its history. Architecture also studies their typologies and technologies that once responded to their societies or users, according to who they addressed. In this systematic study of the past that exceeds strict scientific fields, and may even reach philosophy, psychology, art or mechanical engineering and medicine, knowledge about architecture becomes multidisciplinary. Studying architecture is not so much about learning the skills of a practice, as it is an intensive procedure of (de)coding the world and ourselves. It “is not so much a knowledge of form, but a form of knowledge”2, as Bernard Tschumi put it at a recent Biennale. This shift from “a knowledge of form” to an all-embracing knowledge implies the late twentieth century when architects ceased to aestheticize architecture and a more systematic approach emerged as leading methodology.

 

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