The Innovation Imperative. Architectures of Vitality

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"We have decided to address these issues by approaching innovation through a slightly alternative emphasis: as an activity that generates vitality. This gives an experiential edge to the notion, allowing us to focus less on the 'new' or on what innovation is per se, than on what we do, how we do it, and the value it offers to our individual and collective experience (as a kind of raison d'etre). By attending to some of the tactics and strategies that can be found across a range of innovative practices, our intention is to highlight practice over product, and provoke questions about the ethical dimensions therein.
Vitality, the state of being vigorous and active, invokes notions of the seed that, with supporting humus, nutrients, sunlight and irrigation grow into a plant yielding the future seeds. Conceptual and technological inventions only become innovations when the conditions are right for lateral shifts and take-up in unanticipated contexts - windborne seeds blown to new gardens. Given the right conditions, inventions connect apparently separate ideas, materials or components and bring them into fresh concert - where they resonate with each other and things beyond themselves, forging the pathway to innovation: a vital difference to linear and predictable progression. This spread of resonances becomes a contagious 'newness' that conveys a living pulse. In these ways, vitality is always about collective or field conditions, pertaining to ecologies of material, social, economic and often imaginary interrelations (to name a few dimensions of the field) - the sustaining ingredients for innovation. Innovation in this light involves a sense of connection to a creative collective force beyond 'oneself' as creative individual. Such a vital force, evidenced in contributions across this issue, operates as the flip side to the various opposing forces of disconnection between creative individual and collective context such as depression, alienation and loneliness..."

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The Innovation Imperative. Architectures of Vitality
Pia Ednie-Brown, Mark Burry y Andrew Burrow
Introducción del número de la Architectural Design de Enero-Febrero del 2013: The Innovation Imperative. Architectures of Vitality
Seleccionado por el arq. Martín Lisnovsky
Fotografía del Louvre Lens tomada de la web. Autor: Jean Christophe Hecquet

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