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    Nicholas Ng
    Oct 6, '04 12:53 AM EST

    Ah...Fall has officially arrived in Boston today. The foliage should be at its peak this week up north. Wish I could take the break and go up for the long weekend.

    However, studio have been keeping me busy, frustrated, annoyed that I can't even solve a problem or make a decision to steps I've taken before.

    More on that later. However in the meantime, if someone is reading this, let me throw in the question on diagrams. What is their objective really? Does it make you a better architect if you do a good diagram? Can I build up a architecture from a diagram itself. If no, why? If yes, why?


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      first off, i didn't write this, it is posted in our studio. second, i don't know where it came from

      (as "compressions of information")

      Here we refer to the notion of the diagram as a map-or cartography-of movements, Accordingly, a diagram is a graphic representation of a dynamic process synthesized through compression, abstraction and simulation. It thus supplements other techniques of representation and calculation through the formulation of selective figures: concentrated trajectories that, as economically as possible, permit ordering, transmission and processing of information.

      It is precisely in the economic-synthetic-property that their true expressive and operative value resides. Their being almost instantaneous reproductions of complex factors renders them capable of reproducing and expressing a "suggestion of the whole." As a medium, the diagram plays a dual role. It is a manner of notation (of analysis, of recognition and of reflection) but also a machine of action (generative, synthetic and productive.) Diagnosis and response. Map and trajectory.

      This projective condition alludes to the operative nature of the diagram as an abstract machine 0 as Gilles Deleuze would call it - in turn capable of spurring - and channeling - processes and actions...

      "The place of the diagram corresponds to an operational, intersubjective field, which is put together over a given period of time, where meanings are formed and deform in an interactive way" - Ben van Berkley and Colone Bos) Form itself is no longer the receptacle of intuition, it loses its unity, it is constituted in movement and in permanent interrelation. "More than an entity formed just by its inner definition, topological surfaces and forms are arranged in interaction wit the field which forms them."

      Oct 6, 04 5:35 am

      Thanks for that!

      Oct 6, 04 10:03 pm

      diagrams can be understood as a filtering or isolation of a specific information set, that through its isolation from other conditions may allow one to understand a broader structure/organization... that said, whether you are good or not at doing diagrams says more about your architectural understanding than ability (a fine distinction, but a necessary one). of course a better understanding tends to permit you to perform better.

      as far as whether or not an architecture can be generated from a diagram... well as i stated before, a diagram is an isolation of information... a simplification. a diagram does not have the complexity and richness that would permit a worthwhile architecture. yet the cobination of multiple diagrams (or the understandings derived from them) would lead you in the right direction.

      Oct 8, 04 6:49 pm

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