Form Follows Function
— Louis Sullivan

Form follows function

In our time, architecture is expressed through the built form. We say that the form of Architecture is derived from its function.

Function is the intension of an experience

Semiotics investigates  how we derive meaning. Our actions and thoughts are heavily influenced by cultural ‘norms’ and established conventions which we might sometimes call instinct. Function is simply a representation of an experience that changes and occurs over time - an event or process.

 

All experiences are processes

If an experience is ever changing and occurring over time, it cannot be definitively defined, but only observed as it occurs. Refined and honed as a process.

The medium is the message...
— Marshall McLuhan
Every experience, all at once
— Marshall McLuhan

The medium is the message

The medium is more influential than the content it carries.

The medium is the process

The medium is more influential than the content it carries.

 

Form > Function >Experience > Process > Medium.

Medium > Process > Experience > Function > Form

By this cyclical logic, ‘next’ comes from the observation and iteration of the process of ‘experience’ in a perpetually  revolving manner.

The content of every wholly new medium is the contents of previous media/s. We emulate patterns of medium use by the structures of current media, new mediums evolve structure and subsequent content over time.

The medium is the single, prime instigator of social and cultural change. Period.

An Architectural Perspective

  • Mediums must converge to progress. Therefore the medium of architecture cannot continue to be the process or built forms. 

  • To evolve, ‘Architecture’ in it’s current form as a medium must fundamentally recede and emerge as part of a new medium. I believe IT technologies and digital services as the most compatible suitor.

  • Although current mediums can point towards the 'next' medium, It makes no sense to predict the semiotic form, structure or content of this 'new' medium. This discounts the process which is the central driving factor its development.

  • By iterating on the mixed medium experiences, through iteration of process, it is conceivable that the next medium will structure itself. Although current mediums can point towards the 'next' medium, It makes no sense to predict the semiotic form, structure or content of this 'new' medium. This discounts the process which is the central driving factor its development.

 

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