Climatic Universal System
Architecture and Living Knowledge
JAE (Journal of Architectural Education)
Volume 73 Issue 2
Taylor and Francis
Edited by Peggy Deamer, Tsz Yan Ng, with contributions by Marc J. Neveu, Rashida Ng, Aaron Tobey, Joseph M. Watson, Francesco Marullo, Aaron Cayer, Naomi Stead, Pia Ednie-Brown, Fleur Watson, Kate Rhodes, Danielle Briscoe, Leslie Forehand, Ang Li, Beth Weinstein, Anna Goodman, Maura Lucking, Kiel Moe, Bryan N. Norwood, Kristine Stiphany, Daniel Jacobs, Brittany Utting, Amelyn Ng.
Knowledge is immeasurable and exceeds single individuals. Unlike raw materials that can be processed and assembled mechanically, it is alive and collectively produced, hence difficult to control and confine within rigid boundaries. Whereas in the past it remained siloed in monasteries and palaces, protected in libraries and ordered in museums, selectively disseminated by specific institutions and organs of communications, today the drastic acceleration of information exchange demands to continuously reinvent how knowledge is produced and made accessible. Investigating the 1970 Archizoom’s project for the University of Florence, the essay explores the relations between life and work, architecture and knowledge production.