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Flowcharting
From Abstractionism To Algorithmics In Art And Architecture
978-3-8567-6445-6
2023
Cover image of Flowcharting From Abstractionism to Algorithmics
Matthew Allen _ Author
Along with 4 additional contributors below
art+technologyarchitecturetheory
Canonical Book Link https://verlag.gta.arch.ethz.ch/en/gta:book_722b3c68-3161-4a21-bb90-30a86d581206
Flowcharting From Abstractionism to Algorithmics in Art and Architecture is a 140-page book by Matthew Allen published by gta Verlag in January 2023. The book is based on Allen's Harvard University Graduate School of Design dissertation research.

The book discusses how the modernist program of rationalizing creative practice between the 1930s and 1960s took a bureaucratic turn, and how decades of avant-gardist experimentation prepared the way for the computer's entry into the architectural scene.

It also discusses how abstract flowcharts can be translated into concrete instructions, where things that were only hinted at in the flowchart must be worked out more precisely.

By the time the computer arrived on the architectural scene, its place had been prepared by decades of avant-gardist experimentation. The modernist rationalization of creative practice took a decidedly bureaucratic turn between two generations of constructivists in the 1930s and 1960s.

From Paris to Cambridge, artists, designers and architects tried to crack the code of artistic genius to democratize the creation of better environments, thus stimulating nascent algorithmic techniques. Their motivation emerged from attempts to understand art and architecture through serial effects. By adopting flowcharting procedures from scientific mar agement, they enacted a paradigm shift that had long bee a cherished dream of modernism, replacing composition with organization as the basis of design.
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Contributors

Matthew Allen
_ Author
Reinhard Schmidt
_ Design
Nadine Wüthrich
_ Design
Jennifer Bartmess
_ Copyeditor
Thomas Skelton-Robinson
_ Proofreader

Biography

Matthew Allen is a visiting assistant professor at Washington University who studies the history and theory of architecture, technology, and visual culture. He is the author of the book Flowcharting: From Abstractionism to Algorithmics in Art and Architecture. He has written essays for venues such as Log, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Domus, the New York Review of Architecture, and Architectural Record. Allen holds a PhD and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and other institutions. Allen has worked for MOS, Preston Scott Cohen, and other firms at the leading edge of contemporary practice.

Publisher

Gta Verlag

Specifications

Cover Softcover
Pages 140pp
Printing TBD, La Buona Stampa SA, Switzerland
Binding Bubu AG, Switzerland

Notes

  1. Gift from Andrew Baird
  2. Cover image: Stephen Flanders, DYNAMO flow diagram of the World3 model, 1972
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