Tracing repetition in the architectural plans of Enric Miralles

Kara, Deniz Dilan
The concept of repetition is mainly developed by the theoretical realms of philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis. This thesis aims to reclaim repetition from theoretical realms of these mediums and to originate a link between repetition and architectural praxis as a drive of cognitive process and methodological execution. In this point, Enric Miralles’ architecture provides a substantial ground to seek repetitional operations. The concept of repetition enters Miralles’ architectural operations as a method, or as a tool, necessary to perform his architecture. It is an indispensable part of his modus operandi. The “systematic repetition” that he adopts within his practice is a composition of two main components, namely “procedural” and “act of repetition;” the former refers to repetition of the same form through different projects, while the latter refers to the repetition of the same sketch over and over again. Miralles’ performance of repetitional procedures and acts is operational within architectural praxis and it holds the power to transform its process, and in turn, its object. Within this context, repetition concept, having a major role in Miralles’ working method, is investigated in relation to its status under Michael Hays’ discussion of architectural late avant-garde. Since repetition concept of Miralles is directly related with Deleuze’s theoretical disclosures on the subject, an additional framework is drawn under Deleuzean perspective. In this light, in the scope of this study, architectural drawings and sketches of Enric Miralles are subjected to analysis to demonstrate the potentiality of repetition in practical execution.  


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D. D. Kara, “Tracing repetition in the architectural plans of Enric Miralles,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2017.