02: Diagrammatic Intelligence
Diagrammatic Thinking Strategies and Imagination: Intellectual and Intuitive/Counterintuitive Practice of Reasoning, Representation, and Fabrication
Dynamic diagrammatic connectivities, networking, or patterning, as a specific mode of architectural design research, has been developed and derived from the opposition between propositional (linguistic) and diagrammatic logic, reasoning, and representation – ‘diagrammatic mode of inference’ has been claimed, tested, and confirmed to be a relevant system of proof and thinking; hence a ’research diagrammatology’ a logic and an instrument that improves the status and scopes of ‘design intelligence research strategy’ (Ćirić, 2015, 2017). Diagrams explain, map and externalise complex thinking and relational processes (the ‘black box’) not visible or fully apparent to an outside viewer presented with the finished product. They trace, record, archive, and reconfigure data and knowledge we create by performing investigative design processes; compress complex information into an intelligible entity suitable for immediate and clear knowledge transmission; negotiate, mediate, and asses connections among entities whose relations they recognise as relevant, making them visible, but also susceptible to reconfiguration due to their open-structure nature (secondness, Pierce).
Relying on these claims, analysing thinking procedures while dealing with different kinds of spatial design problems, diagrammatics, converged with recent neuroscientific, cognitive, and information sciences’ discoveries, reveals some of the most “mysterious”, or rather never completely clear and visible parts of architectural intellectual and intuitive practices of reasoning and representation. The questions of how architects think, act creatively, progress, and produce meaning have always instigated a particular interest. Diagrammatic scriptures, in this regard, may offer an interesting perspective, assuring their position of research instruments that conduct, record, and highly facilitate thinking procedures, communicate and visualise ideas, organise data and information in a way that is accessible, clearly stated, thought-provoking, and aesthetically sharp-cut, astute, and pleasant. Their specific field of application might be related to ideas of the extended mind, concepts of multiple and integrated intelligence, mnemotechnics or the art of the memory, digital memory archives and diagrams, or intelligence strategies dealing with biological-artificial problematics in thinking processes – with the questions of influence of external thinking devices, mechanism and their logic (predominantly digital one) on our biological thinking processes, and the feedback loops between the two.
A constant need to improve and escape established patterns with new creative flairs and inventions as well as to distinctely outline, fix, define and legitimise them, creates a complex thinking environment and sets high expectations of future authorities in their fields of competence. While following proper rules and laws established by the current scientifically approved claims, there is room for them to be questioned and to test the norms that might be based on obsolete or refutable facts and misinterpretations. The ways that natural biological thinking mechanisms and social scientific systems reflect knowledge plasticity – a constant ‘play of meanings’, evolution of ideas, and evolution in information consolidation – supplemented by the interpretations of these principles in artificial models, strongly influenced some of the theories integrated into architectural philosophy, methodology, and practice. Perspectives on how spatial noosphere might function as an abstract field of relevant ideas and research subjects, in architectural design context claim equal projections into the spatial materiality – interpretations of their effects in matter, when actually fabricated. This opens another field of research, possibly entering more profoundly the area of the new materiality and the active matter hypotheses, which will examine and probe a direct line of influence between the spatial thinking and spatial action or fabrication, involving complex material properties and behaviour (including concepts of intelligent matter, programmable (Bruce J. MacLennan, Jean‐Claude André), and informed matter (Jean-Marie Lehn)).
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