Book Discussion

Book Discussion – Simulacra and Simulation (Jean Baudrillard) – Rezki DK and Regina Chandra

First order which the Simulacrum (plural word for Simulacra) represents the reality that it references, it act as a pure imitation. Second order of Simulacrum which it started to denatures the reality it origins from. Third order of Simulacrum which it started to appear as it were a different reality, a completely separate order as it loses its reference. A hyperreality. The session started with a quote from the book; “The simulacrum is never what hides the truth – it is the truth that hides the fact that there is none. The simulacrum is true.” – Ecclesiastes Some of the…

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Book Discussion – Shape as Memory – Riswanda Setyo Addino

Shape as Memory written by Michael Layton was published in 2006. The author is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University. In the same year, the book won the Presidential Young Investigatory Award for outstanding work in the field of cognitive science. In its time, this book has made a significant contribution to the multi-disciplinary research that began using computational techniques. Some of them are in the field of meteorology and geophysics to examine storm, mathematical, flight design, to art studies. This title is part of six other Leyton books centered on process-grammar: a method for describing…

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Book Discussion – Eladio Dieste – Fakhriyyah Khairunnida’

In the 1950s, Uruguay has rapid growth economy which make people look for a new form of investment, investing in property is one of them. The demand of high rise and huge big project rise up. It is supported with a new law of condominium by the government. People are making their way toward private creative ownership. This condition leads the new transformation of architecture leaving the international style and modernism behind. Moreover, the education take a part in this change, the curriculum of architectural education in university emphasizes on technology and social science. Thus, the graduates from this era…

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Book Discussion – Autopoiseis of Architecture

Autopoiesis is the autonomy of architecture itself; the way to (re)produce architecture within architecture through series of cognitive selection and selective decision-making. This term came from Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela (1980) while studying about regenerative process in cellular system. These automation tendencies then were studied by Niklas Luhnmann in his 7 volumes writings about Social System Theory (1986-2000). Later it was researched by Patrik Schumacher on 2009, regarding its connection to recent concept of architecture. Autopoiesis of architectural communication should be understood as a phenomenon of perceptive interaction towards spatial boundaries, which later producing the new systems. As a…

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Book Discussion – Elements of Semiology (Roland Barthes)

On 3 June 2017, we have held a book discussion on “Elements of Semiology”. The book was published on 1964 and written by Roland Barthes, a French bourgeois critic. As entitled, the book covered the primary elements of semiology, a field of study on sign. A sign is not specifically defined by Barthes in the book. However we know that a sign tells an existence of a thing. A sign can be studied through 3 instrumental substances: signifier, the matter which we can perceive; signified, the mental representation of a thing; and signification, the process of relating signifier and signified.…

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Book Discussion – Of Grammatology (Jacques Derrida)

Grammatology is a scientific study on how to write and writing. The study tests the typology, analyzes an essat, and understands the relation between verbal and written expressions. In 1967, Jacques Derrida used the term for different uses in ‘Of Grammatology’. A writing is not only a reproduction of verbal expressions into symbols, but also inner interpretation and thinking that need to always be comprehended. ‘Of Grammatology’ is a response for structuralism linguistic, and some of Derrida’s critiques on previous thinkers, for instance: 1. Derrida on SaussureAccording to Derrida, western culture is heavily affected by Plato’s philosophy on “logos”. Logos…

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