Call for Papers: Design Ecologies 3.2: Plotting the Continuum: Designing the end of computational reasoning

Submission deadline: Friday 28th November 2014

Design Ecologies 3.2: Plotting the continuum discusses the fundamental problems with today’s computational horizon through algorithmic computation and digital simulation, which can be divided into three categories:

1. Computational algorithms work with iteration as their operating kernel
2. Computational algorithms work with (real) numbers
3. The third problem with computational algorithms is that they are constructed on the basis of classical logic and thus possess – in contrast to common belief – a principally narrow if not skewed epistemological competence.

For Design Ecologies 3.2: Plotting the Continuum, we have invited the inimitable Reza Negarestani to write the ideation article in response to the other article selected for this issue of Design Ecologies.
Design Ecologies was set up as a platform for state of-the-art experiments that link architecture, technology and philosophy. Dividing its remit between events - most recently exhibitions and seminars at the Architectural Association and the Royal College of Art - and publications, Design Ecologies officially launched with its inaugural journal issue in January 2011. A second issue, The Unprimed Canvas - named after an offhand remark by Francis Bacon, to the effect that he considered the process of painting to start with priming the canvas, not assuming it had already been primed - followed later that year, and saw Timothy Morton contribute an editorial. The third issue, the Ill-Defined Niche, we had the editorial written by the inimitable Nick Land. The fourth issue, a sentient relic described a double edged sword theory – one edge exposing the dominant ‘theory chic’ of contemporary architecture and the other cutting opening the for a more dangerous conception of design- a guide, a tool for plotting a cryptic cartography with strategic precision. The next issue, Chthonic Deluge, will hit the shelves June 2014. We are honoured to have Peter Watts an author, felon, and former marine biologist whose background informs science fiction on the hard end of the scale (in fact his novel Blindsight has been used as a core text for undergraduate courses ranging from “Philosophy of Mind” to “Introductory Neuropsychology”). His work is available in 18 languages. Regular updates at:

We invite submissions of articles from any discipline to speculate on the formation of your projects/ buildings/ performances as a critical practice that activates our understanding of intuition, inventory and discovery in architecture. The four areas of interest include:

1. Ecological design visions.
2. Notational design
3. Instructional design visions.
4. Aesthetical design visions

We also welcome case studies and project profiles of 1–5 pages in length

Submissions are welcome from both scholars and practitioners. Contributions may be between 3,000 and 7,000 words and should be accessible to the non-specialist reader. Papers must be submitted in English.

Please send all submissions to:
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