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CODE. Between Operation and Narration


The process of coding is a systematic experimentation with signs, symbols and the construction of cultural contexts of meaning. The fourth volume of the Context Architecture book series examines the architectural historical and theoretical relevance of the term “code” from different perspectives. The editors and authors assume that this enables a new way of “linguisticizing” architecture. Given the dominance of computer simulation, it becomes clear that the building is no longer just a carrier, but also literally a product of signs. The code has, so to speak, penetrated from the outside of the building into its interior, into its structure. We are dealing with both a social-cultural and a mathematical-formal code. The aim of the book is therefore to critically explore the contours of this conceptual field of tension between the cultural and the formal, the “outside” and the “inside”, and to formulate further questions for architecture.

– Serie: Context Architecture)

Andrea Gleiniger, Dr. phil., is an art and architectural historian; she teaches and does research at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich University of the Arts). Georg Vrachliotis is an architect and architectural theorist; he teaches and does research at the Chair for Computer-Aided Architectural Design in the Architecture Department of the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich).