From cybernetics to an architecture of ecology: Cedric Price’s Inter-Action Centre

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Abstract

This paper discusses the impact of systems thinking and cybernetics on architectural design by the example of the Inter-Action Centre (1970–1977) of British architect Cedric Price. It reflects Price’s view of architecture as part of an extensive social and environmental system, or ecology, that influences the inhabitants’ mutual interactions and their relationship with their physical surroundings.
Emphasizing the link between material resources, technology, and individual action, the project design implied a change both in the understanding of architecture and the architect’s role: from the designer of present-day artifacts to the designer of system interventions.
Following this approach, space was no longer perceived merely as a container but as the product of social interactions. Accordingly, the architect’s work represents a fundamental change in the conception of space in the arts and sciences during the 1970s, which is essential for understanding today’s design and planning practice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFootprint
Volume28
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Architectural history
  • Ecological Design
  • System thinking
  • Digitalization
  • Modern architecture

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