An Evolutionary Architecture by John Frazer is a fascinating book that has been out of print for some time. Fortunately it has been made freely available on the web to download and I recommend anyone who’s interesting in interactive and parametric design in architecture to have a look. The book written in 1995 proposes a fundamental change in practice … ‘The role of the architect here, I think, is not so much to design a building or city as to catalyse them: to act that they may evolve.’ – Gordon Pask in his foreword.
Most of the book concentrates on the work of Diploma Unit 11 run by John and Julia Frazer (with Pete Silver and Guy Westbrook) between 1989 and 1996, but includes formative work by the author dating back to his diploma prize-winning project at the AA in 1969 and related research work at Cambridge University.
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