M.Sc Thesis

M.Sc StudentAmos Bar-Eli
SubjectOn the Non-Complete in Visionary Architecture
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisors Dr. Pliouchtch Marina
Professor Nitzan-Shiftan Alona
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Architecture adopts a preference for completion, stability, and unified objects and concepts. Reality, rather paradoxically, suggests partiality and discontinuity of space, experience, and conciseness. Unity, harmony, and finality compose the values according to which architecture is measured. The tendency and the urge to create according to these values are referred to as the complete. Visionary architecture uses the same tools of expression as architecture, but is free from the consequences of the built; as such it can suggest an opposing value system: fragmentary, ruin-ness, and infinity. The work refers to this value system as non-complete, and exposes it as positioned in opposition to the complete, as polemical, critical, and experimental.

The research examines, through theoretical and visual examples, the concept of non-complete architecture, tracing its existence in visionary architectural history, and pointing out its main attributes. It situates the non-complete not merely as un-finished but rather as an effort in establishing the work in a permanent state of incompletion. Apart from visionary architecture the issue of non-complete was defined and exemplified in an overall view ranging from science, philosophy, and into creative undertakings such as literature and art.

The research established the modes of operation and the main themes of operation of the non-complete in visionary architecture. A case-study relevant for every theme of operation was selected, through which a deeper understanding of the subject was realized. The study aimed at establishing the term of non-complete, identifying its ways of operation, and pointing out its existence and relevance. This was done by an overview and an episodic approach that allowed an emphasis on wide verity of examples and a scope of issues.

Non-complete Architecture is an ongoing practice that is built into the language of architecture. The utilitarian discipline of architecture requires a system of values that, in a paradoxical way, is negative or dichotomist to its main development course, through which it can refurnish itself. As knowledge and mainstream modes of creating in architecture progress towards the complete, the opposition to this would be, and is, non-complete architecture. Its wide range and historical manifestations are always polemical, critical and experimental.