Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Analysis to Mark Taylors moment of complexity

Karim Sawalha
Design Studio 3
Reading analysis

According to the “moment of complexity” By Mark C. Taylor, our society over time has evolved from a grid structure, (symbolized by the cold war) designed to divide and seclude for purpose of control, into a rather complex network. A system that doesn’t rely on geometric form to insure stability, but instead relies on the order with in chaos to mold our society into an ever-shifting technology based future. Le Corbusier describes his belief in the grid system with a comparison to a donkey. He explains how the order in geometry should be applied to life style. As what separates humans from animals is that we can follow a straight line. We set aims and follow them using our intelligence and discipline. Where as donkeys, for instance, see a stone in their path and avoid it rather than over coming it. Hence his avoidance towards curves and his love for the ‘grid’. This example set clear the separation between primitive and modern design. It later evolved into much more than a system but a logical order of life. One example of this is portrayed by the ‘factory’ and ‘home’ description. But what Mark Taylor explains about moment of complexity, dismisses the grid, and approaches the new age of thinking, that of the freedom of the network. Paradoxical combining chaos and order into a system which carries itself rather than a brain controlling a body so to speak. And within this system, at the very edge of the chaos, lies moments of complexity which clarify its control.