Hipo H / Tag Cloud

Elisavet Mandoulidou

Tag Cloud is dynamic, interconnected, virtual, mosaic-like, it can be read as a hypertext,  it has no beginning nor end, it is not serial, linear or repetitive. The notions of Tag Cloud are defined by the connections that are established between them, they are not autonomous, they do not acquire meaning outside the network that is shaped between them. The network of notions is embedded in a data cloud that constantly changes.


The interest of this sort of figure lies rather in the fact that it offers us a set of  images in which inside and
outside are notions devoid of meaning.
Cache, Bernard: Earth Moves: The Furnishing of Territories, The MIT Press, 1995, Massachusetts, p.37

In  recent years, a growing number of images and metaphors taken from mathematics, physics, and molecular biology have spread among architects. A large number of these images and metaphors are linked to the development of digital architecture and to the growing importance given to the virtual dimension in the architectural discipline.

Picon, Antoine: Architecture, Science, Technology and the Virtual Realm in Picon, Antoine and Ponte, Alessandra: Architecture and the Sciences. Exchanging Metaphors, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2003, p. 293-294

Swiss Re

An example of just how much energy and environmental issues influence Foster’s architecture, Swiss Re’s design evolved from a simple geometric form into something far more complex, requiring entirely new methods of architectural production.

Abel, Chris: Architecture, Technology and Process, Architectural Press, Oxford, 2004, p. 141


The virtual is best approached topologically.  Topology is the science of self-varying deformation. A topological figure is defined as the continuous transformation of one geometrical figure into another.
Massumi, Brian: Line Parable for the Virtual (On the Superiority of the Analog) in Beckmann, John [ed.]: The Virtual Dimension. Architecture, Representation, and Crash Culture, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1998, p. 306


Alicia: Tag Rain

Sería maravilloso llevar la aplicación de estos cuatro conceptos interactivos al pleno de las reflexiones sobre las deformaciones o la forma de las risas de Bergson, Pirandello y Bataille: Dejar caer sobre ellos, mientras toman café al aire libre, una nube de tags y oír y ver, participar en sus carcajadas.

eeneerei: Sospechas elocuentes

Las herramientas digitales de gestión de la información permiten visibilizar relaciones que van más allá de los metarrelatos construidos por los arquitectos. Una cierta autonomía en la producción de la información que consideramos como propia nos debería de liberar de algunas de las constricciones señaladas por Koolhaas en S,M,L,XL. Sin embargo este tipo de herramientas, al igual que ocurre con la parametrización, siguen portando una carga de sospecha muy elocuente.

The influences on architecture, from bio molecular and mathematical investigations, are actual facts and open new chances to develop other architectural trends. Nowadays industries and architecture go hand in hand to build new spaces. Making complex geometric pieces, creating more advanced surfaces than those in traditional systems is now possible. However, this input should not stop at the surface, it still needs to modify the bases and tag cloud can be a proper method.

Marcos:  Tag minds
The interest of a tag cloud is its capability of indexation, a system to codify knowledge.Constructing an indexed theory is one of the contemporary key concepts, in order to accumulate definitions automatically. Maybe it lacks the old acute depth but it gains in systematic extension.
Only two questions to this hypothesis…
Can we be systematic and acute with a tag-clouded mind?  // Is every concept tag-clouded?
I hope not.

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