From time to time, I receive various pieces of architectural literature in the mail. The images above are from a final project submitted by graduate architecture students, who thought that for some reason they needed to clarify them with text. Here’s that text. Emphasis added.
With the capacity for genetic propagation that is neither intrinsically good/bad nor primarily destructive in its function, an architectural virus is a parasitical unit of self-replicating system, a nano-computational monad with built-in mechanisms for absorption and transformation of a given host organism into a new state of affairs or a possible world. It is predicated on the logic of micro-intervention that leads to macro-transformation. Viruses usually operate collectively as a distributive system within a symbiotic whole. In the process, viruses re-configure and re-organize the metabolism of a host organism into a new organizational entity with a different set of interstitial vestibules and vestigial traces, which, in turn, establishes conditions of possibility for further transformation and differentiation. New forms of power structures and organizations have emerged through viral interventions that are symbiotic in nature. Even though viral interaction is aleatory in scope, it is deterministic in function. Consequently, autocatalytic reaction of viruses could lead to the conjunctive synthesis of emergent morphology that is fundamentally cohesive. A viral theory of architecture therefore is based on the premise that collective transformation derived from distributive systems whose internal elements or population is embedded with a high degree of generative autonomy could potentially lead to the emergence of a new kind of possible world, one that is intrinsically democratic in its performance and aspiration. The meaning of globalization is radically incomplete and inadequate without an architectural theory of viral infection.
O.K., let’s see here. A vestibule, I’ve heard of one of those! Emergent morphology, autocatalytic reaction, intrinsically democratic aspiration. This has to do with, like, designing buildings … right?