Parisi’s Contagious Architecture now out.
Luciana Parisi’s new book Contagious Architecture: Computation, Aesthetics and Space has been published by MIT. Here is the publishers page. It would seem that this book outlines another example of the increasing social power of algorithms. Here is part of the intriguing description:
In Contagious Architecture, Luciana Parisi offers a philosophical inquiry into the status of the algorithm in architectural and interaction design. Her thesis is that algorithmic computation is not simply an abstract mathematical tool but constitutes a mode of thought in its own right, in that its operation extends into forms of abstraction that lie beyond direct human cognition and control. These include modes of infinity, contingency, and indeterminacy, as well as incomputable quantities underlying the iterative process of algorithmic processing.