Reclaiming machine intelligence: the paskian school of architectural cybernetics

2022-2-09
Temizel, Ensar
This thesis brings together a series of attempts aimed at creating architectural machines or environments inspired by the field of cybernetics from the 1950s to the present. It particularly dwells on Gordon Pask’s (1928-1996) diverse interactions with architecture and design communities and conceptualizes the research emerging from those interactions as the “Paskian school of architectural cybernetics.” It examines how and why Paskian concepts and ideas have continuously been of interest to architects as a niche research tradition that has been producing novel approaches in modeling human-machine relationship in architectural contexts based on the idea of “conversation” as the quintessential form of interaction. In doing so, it explores different approaches in which Pask’s theories and practices have been reinterpreted in or translated to architecture both by himself and his architect collaborators, students, and followers. The thesis aims to acknowledge and promote the Paskian school of architectural cybernetics as a research tradition that has been offering a distinct perspective for machine intelligence research in architecture by being continuously propagated and sustained via its precise research agenda and devoted community in the last sixty years.

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Citation Formats
E. Temizel, “Reclaiming machine intelligence: the paskian school of architectural cybernetics,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.