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The Force of the VirtualDeleuze, Science, and Philosophy$
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Peter Gaffney

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665976

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665976.001.0001

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Virtual Architecture

Virtual Architecture

Translated by Julie-Françoise Kruidenier and Peter Gaffney

(p.169) Chapter 6 Virtual Architecture
The Force of the Virtual

Manola Antonioli

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes virtual dimension in architecture, drawing on the philosophies of Deleuze and Guattari. It argues that exploring the theoretical and practical perspectives of a virtual architecture means, paradoxically, adapting oneself more and more to the real in order to integrate, within an expanded ecology, the spatial needs and desires of everyone, as well as technological flows, networks and the natural environment. Architecture must become a practical and political activity, responding to the challenge of reconciling the global-urban dimension with a properly ecological concern. It must take advantage of the resources of science, of the most advanced materials and technologies, without forgetting the body and its sensations. It must allow each person to inhabit a place and a territory and to create his or her own existential refrains, but also to have the capacity of safeguarding his or her relations with nature and the landscape, with flows and networks, with society and the world. Such reflections that aspire to a virtual architecture, inscribed in the event-world, allows for a confluence of the Baroque perspectivism studied by Deleuze in The Fold and the ecosophical dimension developed by Guattari. The latter, in turn, is rooted in the philosophical tools developed by Deleuze and Guattari throughout their collaboration.

Keywords:   architecture, virtual dimension, Deleuze, Guattari, Baroque perspectivism, ecosophy

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