Towards an informational architecture | Miguel Villegas

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Towards an informational architecture.

Or how to do the same of a completely different way.

I go time giving the tabarra with it of the informational architecture. So much that I could not stop gathering Alberto’s all or nothing when he asked me to explain it here.

The jump that might produce to him in the manners of making myself architecture seems to be so important as the one that in his day took place with the transition between the manual delineation and the CAD. The interesting thing is that it is not late so much in taking place, and because of it we try to clarify the matter.

What is informational?

Simplifying Manuel Castells’s definition up to almost absurd limits:

“Informational is all that that uses the information as productive resource.” 1

Then, if the human being works in company communicating to him information there have not been informationals all the social activities of the human being during all his existence?

Not. For the simple fact of which, till now, the information was not the transcendent thing. In the prehistory the transcendent thing was not how the fire was done if not to possess it. In the medievo the important thing was not what the books were saying if not to possess them. In the fifties, for McLuhan the important thing was not the programming of the TV if not that existed the TV and it could report to us distantly.2

You fix that it this way of seeing the reality led him to coining his famous phrase of:

“The way is the massage”

(And here I must confirm that it is not a misprint, he says the massage and I think that the affirmation was meaningful).

What has changed? So for not getting involved and in altars of the clarity, the better thing will be to use examples, which there are many:

The human genome, in which without knowing still what does every gene, we have managed to read them, and we can anticipate that we will be able to use.

The documents of wikileaks in that the important thing is not the form that they have, but they have distributed and broken gags.

The portals of transparency that in spite of that they overwhelm us with enormous quantities of information in which it will be difficult to find for what we look, we know that we can find it.

The Wikipedia, in which it seems that we are going to find the response to any doubt that we could have …

And now – and more with the last example, which is leading that the school works turn increasingly into a copypaste – you say to me that the excess of information us is stupidding3, but, for my, the power is not in the accessibility of this information, already almost universal.

The power is in the productive use of this information.

Then how is information used when we speak about design or about project of architecture?

How is it designed informational?

Still I cannot give recipes. Very possibly there are not recipes. But if there are dynamics that I think that they are feasible.

· We can explain the decisions that we take along the process.

To verbalize every action of project, documenting graph or textually the question and the different options.

· Constructing the relations.

From the set of actions explicitadas previously, to realize the effort to demonstrate the relations that each of them has with other, specially if there are affections.

· Fitting of iterative form.

While we are speaking about architecture, strike to say that both previous processes should take form of space not? The discretización of the capture of decisions and the construction of the relacionalidad between them, should form a luck of metaproject. Slightly similar to a mathematical variation or in terms of methodology of design, it that so many nettle-rash produces to many companions, a scene of design.

Here it is where, it cripples weigh me, we introduce the machines. I have developed educational experiments in which we have done exercises of informational design by means of analogical methods, pencil and very much paper for the most part, and can say to you that the results look like greatly the matrix calculation of structures when some veteran teachers were telling us that they were having a tendency in the soil on sheets of paper … With machines it is another thing.

On the software I me do not go to extending very much – because my interest is in the field of the project as abstract process of thought that tries to produce spaces – but there are very powerful tools: Grasshopper, plugin of Rhinoceros and Dynamo – The clown of Grasshopper – who works like plugin of almost all the programs of the giant Autodesk.

These programs have become popular especially because they make possible a great capacity of formal generation that they make the evil possible – so called parametricisme (here the manifest parametricismo as Patrick Schumacher’s style) it has done devastations in a line with an enormous potential propositivo – but my interest goes beyond the plastic thing, so you allow me that not between to treating the parametric design paramétrico, it would be to limit too much the implications of our offer.

We do not work with I spread before that with forms?

Why not to try to descend to previous conditions of the architecture to use these models of thought? Already there are workgroups inside the communities of knowledge that work on the spatial syntax. If we compare this opening with the clear limitations that the work supposed with the formal grammars it turns out to be interesting truth?

How to begin with informational?

I think that one of the directions can be work for analogy. The BIM (Building Information Modelling) goes very much in development and already it is reaching important levels of maturity.

Why not to start doing PIM?

Probably for that the acronym sounds ridiculously, but me the route takes a fancy: Project Information Modelling. A way of projecting that it is capable of handling the reality turned into information, which constructs relational solid and coherent networks, which will allow us to arm structures of knowledge: metaprojects.

Miguel Villegas, architect

Editor in arquitextónica

Sevilla, january 2015


1 Castells, M. “La Era de la Información“. Ed. Alianza. Madrid, 2001. pag 51 (Not literal appointment).

2 McLuhan, Marshall and Quentin Fiore. El Medio Es El Masaje :[Un Inventario de Efectos]. Paidós Studio. Vol. 65. Barcelona: Paidós, 2007.

3 cf. Enrique Dans “perdiendo el tren” es editada desde 2003 desde Sevilla por Lourdes Bueno Garnica y Miguel Villegas Ballesta. Desde hace un tiempo, decidimos sacar nuestra actividad profesional de aquí y trasladarla a villegasbueno arquitectura, así arquitextonica se quedó como nuestro espacio para la investigación, difusión y comunicación. Nos interesa dedicarnos a desarrollar e investigar en proyectos de arquitectura, con dos líneas fundamentales de trabajo.

La de vivienda social, alojamientos residenciales y arquitectura docente, que dirige Lourdes, y la diseño computacional y arquitectura para la sociedad de la información, que dirige Miguel. El trabajo que hemos venido desarrollando en desde el 2003 nos ha llevado también a trabajar por y para la difusión de la arquitectura y el diseño en internet, haciendo un énfasis especial en promocionar el talento de nuestro entorno. Lo llamamos #Ser_Red.

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