The Architecture of Lunacy, Shapeshifting, and Material Metamorphosis

As climate, culture, and technology evolve and become increasingly unpredictable, architecture’s stasis becomes more incongruous. This book explores an emerging but under-investigated branch of architecture that embraces the transformation of form, performance, and the responsiveness to environments and context. Typically considered to be a singular, solid, and fixed entity, traditional architecture has one perfect state. Yet, culture, climate, and technology are all dynamic and evolving systems with which buildings must interface. This type of architecture departs from the fixed figure of the Vitruvian man and moves toward a dynamic model that assumes changes of state, mutation, reskinning, and decomposition as conceptually fundamental.