Struggles to escape form as a manifestation of various norms and constraints are as old as architecture itself. But the formless is also increasingly in the air today, explicitly as in discussions of the “formless” quality of the city, and implicitly in talk of atmospheric buildings, randomized structures, and the dematerialization (or increased mediation) of architecture. No doubt part of its appeal lies in the fact that the formless is frequently found at the intersections between architecture and other fields, from art to ecology or engineering. Nevertheless, the formless has not yet been theorized rigorously in architecture. It seems to underpin a wide range of ten- dencies that have not yet been connected, or even explicitly acknowledged or identified. This book represents a first step toward this articulation.
Garret Ricciardi and Julian Rose are the founders of Formlessfinder.
Edited by Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose
With contributions by Lucia Allais, Yve-Allain Bois, Hal Foster, formlessfinder, Axel Kilian, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Julie Bargmann, Edward Eigen, Vito Acconci, Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample