Techniques of form finding: Genetic architecture from David Yannay’s structuralism to morphogenesis

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Abstract

The essay examines the influence of genetic models on architectural design. It distinguishes between two main models: one, that which prevailed in the 1970s and 1980s, was based on structuralism and was developed by the Israeli architect, David Yannay, and the other, from the last decade, a model which was based on ideas of generative design. This essay mainly theorises Yannay’s ideas, yet it also discusses the new model for the application of ideas from genetics in architecture. It concludes by critically addressing the two models in the light of the connection between architecture, science, and technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-260
Number of pages24
JournalArchitectural Theory Review
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 May 2016

Keywords

  • Cell architecture
  • David Yannay
  • Genetic architecture
  • Morphogenesis
  • Structuralism

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