Connecting and Mapping the built environment

“Embedded within the virtual structure’ (Abstract space, 2007:21), elegance strives for differentiation in dynamic order, examined between expression of values, as Antonio Saggio (2003) points out, and their internal function within the structure concept.

Tendency is to process the virtual into logical cognition and expression as Peter Eisenman (2003) points out, opening characteristics that should attract the social forces into becoming the potential for complexity in change and growth over time.

An essential part of this interrogation between complex and uncertain is relying on perception of the architectural image, that is reflecting on investigations which were developed by fixed meanings: ‘architecture as infrastructure, as interface, as a system of interconnection’ (de Kerkhove, Derrick, 2001:88), distributed at the boundary between art and science, which occurred over time in our history, as an accumulation in time that determined our perception of space.

“At present, the digital is an interface between cognition and expression. With the  integration of digital methods, primarily through new media animation software, it is possible to view design acts not only as an on-going process within a larger continuum but potentially as ends in themselves. As substantial DeLanda’s writing,  form is always subject to its own internal process, so always becoming. Actualization may be not necessary, or even possible. This stands in contrast to historical views that examined the architectural drawing as a material artefact (albeit a product of                                                         social forces).’ (Tierney, John 2007:21)


The accumulation in time in which our perception had developed within the perception of the architectural image, has been, as in animation software packages, manipulated by a coordinate of time.

Time is exponential, ‘change, reversible and reversible’ (Steele, Bret, 2001:15) and storage. This could be patterned by the mass production of goods and services as John Bird (1993) points out, which create an increase in memory storage, by extending the boundary in which we share as a community, as Breet Stele (2001) has mentioned.

The mapping of physical environments it is essential in developing close related spaces to generate efficient connections between occupants and their possible connection in space.

In other words, time has accumulated the information and had generated history and the host. If we generate an ‘articulation’ (Patrick Schumacher, 2007) between time and the logical ‘complexity’ (Patrick Schumacher, 2007), this new fields would extend towards the new ways of developing spaces, as Brett Steele (2001) points out. Space at this instance in time becomes fully interacting with the bodies. As Brett Steele (2001) points out, subjects interacting within the hole continuum should articulate the needs in which they share the most.

Patterns as eating, sleeping, relaxing, becomes the maps in developing embedded spaces, which fully react to the interacting body through space.

By compressing the capsule of space, dividing and assimilating common needs under the same cluster, space becomes efficient as, shown by Brett Steele (2001).

If this gives the point of interaction with the built environment and the natural ecosystem, the connection necessary to place them seamless together, is located within the architectural design.

In this view, a representation of moments through duration, ‘emphasising the analytical ability of the mind’ (de Kerchove, Derrick, 2001:89) is generating idealized static objects located in fixed spaces, creating fixed logical links as Brett Steele (2001) points out.

This connection could be the link between the complexity of our natural environment and the architectural image.

            “Screens, connections, and electronic interfaces are all around us and live contemporaneously in flexible organizations and trans-typologies. Architecture takes  on life; it becomes an electronic and interactive organism, a new type of space is coming to light, indifferently real or simulated, two dimensional or three dimensional, the space makes everything contiguous, mixed, contaminated. The  sense of things is dispersed in an uncontrolled dissemination. Velocity is no longer  physical but is the thought, absolute”                         (Barzon, Furion 2003:10)

The embedded space, linking all the interfaces and components into one electronic device, developing and assimilating the traces of our movements and behaviours through space. The of information in packets of rules, codes, forces, separated into categories to be accessible and at the same time transferable.

These groups of packets, are connected, as Steele Brett (2001) points out, leaving the connection between human and electronic interfaces, to creatively develop connected and flexible organizations.

World Wide Web introduces the elaboration of new multiplicity, cross-operable electronic interfaces, which becomes the fundamental boundary between human interaction and virtual interactive space, suggesting the exploration of form as Brett Steele (2001) points out, to blend  the World Wide Web, to become the embedded mechanism which behaves as the ‘cognitive and intelligent phenomenon’ (de Kerchove, Derrick  2001:21).

As in virtual spaces, the accumulation in every ramification should process the information into logical expression, giving to the spatial experiences the tendency to trans-relate between one another. If taking into consideration the classifier of the classifier of the projected image, into virtual entity, rather than a concept of experience, than the classifier of the projected image would be in transit with the perception of experiences as Barzon Furion (2003) points out.

Mapping Options
Mapping Options


Mapping human and urban 2

Man and the natural environment

             “In ecosystems, species’ cooperation and competition are interlinked and held in balance so that the system permits independent activity on the part of each individual of a species, yet cooperatively meshes the activity patterns of all species.”                                                                       (Yang, Ken 2006:51)

As Ken Yang (2008) has mentioned, species of the ecosystem are interlinked by their individual patterns. The individual patterns are linking the community of organisms in their physical environment, in this case, the ecosystem.

The differences between communities define the activity patterns of each individual where interactions take place. The mesh is the representation of the projected image of the ecosystem.

Eco – Grid

FIG.2 – Smart grid Ecosystem  Carbon Pross (2009)


The projected image of the ecosystem is exploration the visual memory as David Gissen (2009) has mentioned, is the projected image of the projected environment in which individual is situated.  The individual, as David Gissen (2009) has mentioned, is processing the nature of architecture from caves; ‘the subnature in the dark, wet and cool spaces that mark the origins of architecture’ (Gissen, David, 2009:30).

The architectural image which these spaced had to offer has placed the individual receptors of the architectural partitions in ‘elegant composition’ as Patrick Schumacher (2007) points out.

            ‘Just like natural systems, elegant compositions are so highly integrated that they cannot be easily decomposed into independent subsystems – a major point of  difference in comparison with the modern design paradigm of clear separation of  functional subsystems. In fact the exploitation of natural forms like landscape  formations or organic morphologies as a source domain for analogical transference  into architecture makes a constructive contribution to the development of this new paradigm and language of architecture.’  (Patrick Schumacher, 2007)

As Patrick Schumacher (2007) points here, he places the elegant compositions into another realm of integration, which in terms of their complexity, would be harder to be decomposed into individual subsystems.

If the decomposition is finding its interactions, this could create and drive the individual through realisation of functional subsystems.

The decomposition of natural systems should be made progressively through the partitions of elegant composition in order to understand their structure which would create the ‘new paradigm and language of architecture’ (Patrick Scumacker, 2007).

Architectural space has been modulated through inertia between physical production and philosophical context as Derrick de Kerchove (2001) points out, which had the bases in exploitation and understanding of the natural forms as David Gissen (2009) points out.

The ‘elegant compositions’ (Patrick Scumacher, 2007) are the product of exploiting the physical and philosophical context of the natural form. Exploitations in which architecture has been with natural environment and technology as the ‘practical application of scientific discoveries’ (Philip’s, 2008), has been able to provide the physical endurance to join all the developing organisms into one system, forwarding the joined communities towards new mutations, a joined understanding, always at the barrier between old generated systems and new implemented behaviours developed in connections, articulations, links.

            “On top of the power grid, the wiring of the planet’s information system was accomplished with three integrated but technically superposed ‘webs’, the telegraph cables, the telephone switchboard and the world wide web.”                                                                                     (De Kerchove, Derrick 2001:26)

Just as natural systems architecture is interlinked and held in balance between ‘elegant composition’ (Patrick Scumacher, 2007) and integrated independent components which make architecture to fully integrate into environment.

Man creatively adapts to the constructive contribution as Peter Eisenman (2003) points out,  making the connection of the architecture to transfer the information of organic morphologies into development of built subsystems, separated by exploitation of social context in which the system differentiates.

            “A new continuity, or electromagnetic webness between subjects that are all spatially distant and qualitatively different such as bodies things and the overall whole, the  new constructed environment that surrounds us.” (de Kerchove, Derrick, 2001:88)

The integration of the subsystems in development of architecture would engage with the built environment through digital integration. The complexity is balanced between systems, and thinking the natural environment as a natural system, the power to empower equilibrium as Kim Dovey (1999) points out, should create the needed interaction to generate ‘transcultural systems’ (de Kerchove, Derrick, 2001:88), within the digital and the natural systems.

The new created system and distinction between technological environments and the natural environment would create a seamless extensive high-density landscape incorporating both sides, as Ken Yang (2006) mentioned, the environment and the dwell should be regarded as a dynamic continuum acting together as a whole.

Opportunities for architects and urban designers – Conclusion


The opportunities which engages the architect into modelling the architectural image with new mapping technologies would move the human interaction to sensorial bounds, where the architect and the urban designer is in the position to make sensitive architectural changes to places . The changes would offer to the user the capacity to generate the suggested space based on  the information which is particular to their situation. The generated space bounds the image of architectural objects with technology.

Is now inter-connected and articulated at every ramification, it is exchanging information, it is mechanical and computational, which generate a new set of logical forms and surfaces, which not only defines the reality as we perceive it, but it also places the reality into another realm of interaction, challenging the physical understanding of spatial possibilities to enhance the complexity of the built environment.

The structure has enabled the to access corporeal designs, as virtual entities and to translate the sensitive reaction of human body into the realm of connections and inter-articulations.

In order to build this space, the architect has to understand the complex structure of the space, which places it in a realm of self-preservation, where space gains its identity, and which forces the interaction between human and space to become more and more interactive.

The interior space of the individual, which inhabits the space choreography created by waves of information assimilated in its memory, is releasing the servicing spaces of its perception, opening the boundary of new architectural form.

The mapping of spatial movement is reinforcing the performative similarity and modulation  of private and public zones, where the architects have now the possibility to enhance the needs of spatial movement.

The spatial movement is therefore postulated to the formalized development of the mapping framework, which generates multiple space relations between the interactions of the individual and its sensors, which are enclosed in built environments.

The development of built environments should impose potential in building continuity through the built and the natural environment, recognizing its compositional and spatial values from supports concealed in similarity, which are paradoxically transferring the mapping framework and   developing the existing urban structure into a sensorial organism, which offers to the civic place the features in mapping the built environment.

In comparison to the natural environment, the built environment vicinity is important due to its necessary relevance in abolition of generated spaces.

The architect and the urban designer began trading these technologies in making the built environment more interactive, aspiring efficiency, releasing more security and aspiring entirely control over the life span of the building, extending the boundary of the architectural form to become the potential in developing spaces for further generations, evaluating in real time the needs  of the community.

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States of development: systems of interaction

I.Information technology
In modes of practice from everyday usage to technical setting, information is delivering the contrast of negotiation between fixed meanings, implemented from sounds and acoustic trajectories through space: one trajectory deep and one high (consonant or vowel) generating random patterns through the physical space, releasing and distorting the space warped around the given trajectories. At this stage space is becoming vulnerable in distortion creating sound. At later stages, trajectories are packed into packets of information which are defined by the new generated information and place into symbols of information (alphabet).
Symbols are taking the trajectory of ‘signage’ placing information into points of communication, always being constrained by the law of interaction. In this way, space is becoming inter-connected by articulated points, generating forms of flow from packets of information through the entire system as ‘shares’ of information (hyper-text).

II.String accumulation
Mass liberalization of the system is necessary to avoid repetitive string manipulation, in this way the selectors entangle the events by narrowing the space wrapped around their information packages, forcing the nearest forces in opposition to better patterns from the systems. The new created strings are gathering only the information from the last layers of the interaction, releasing the new string generations of information.

Space accumulated in this interaction is represented by the share exchange between systems which are lofting the new created loads into the next levels of interaction between shares from other opposed systems of information as shown in Fig.2 .

Perception in corporeal: nature as forms of interogation

Architecture and its production has been modulated through its history in inertia between physical production and philosophical context and through many relations with technology which was in many cases from the first groups of social systems considered as primary and beyond.

Social systems in their early stage as groups had gathered a ‘blank state’ of information, represented in basic interaction between the human, and the nature, applying forces of manipulation to achieve a new state of the social system, always bettering the previous social system and creating new laws and pre-re-writes a completely new system, gathered and composed upon the information assimilated in the previous process of interaction. Last created system always achieving the ‘blank state’ when bettering the forward interaction to build the new system.

Steps are formulated to transfer the geometric information of the ‘blank state’ into modes of practice generating basic points of interaction as ‘dot’ , defined by the fix point of interaction where always the ‘blank state’ is gathering its inter-articulation from the previous system, a physical model being the world wide web, and as working model shown in Fig. 1.

The accumulation in every ramification is transferring the information gathered in its state of interaction in the whole system, and the information is being exchanged in two ways: uploading and downloading only the needed points of interaction; in order to achieve its state and to complete the system in every direction and at every point.