The project uses the dialectic of auto-poiesis and design in order to examine the roles of chance, intention and evaluation in design practice, and ultimately the relation between cultural production and authorship. Auto-poiesis can be defined as self-generation or self-making - processes that have their cause within themselves in contrast to design processes which imply an external purpose and cause to them, and therefore an author. These issues are central in view of recent developments in the technologies and media of art, literature, architecture and even engineering; design processes are starting to escape the control of a specific, singular author. This project accordingly combines practice-based research in generative and evolutionary design with analysis of the historically contingent values and institutions of ownership and reward which privilege certain modes of design practice. Because of the dual methods of inquiry the results will impact on design practice by underpinning the relation between contemporary media and the concept of authorship. This is crucial for new practices that employ digital synthesis, collaborative or open source paradigms of production to develop, such as software design or, increasingly, architectural design.
Architecture, Aesthetics, Design theory, Architectural theory, Critical theory, Practice-based research, Representation, Authorship, Philosophy, Architecture and technology, New media, Intellectual property, Copyright, History of ideas