The Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture focuses on a non-linear, multilateral, ethical way of design thinking, positioning the design process as a journey. It expands on the multiple facets and paradigms of performative design thinking as an emerging trend in design methodology.

This edited collection explores the meaning of performativity by examining its relevance in conjunction with three fundamental principles: firmness, commodity and delight. The scope and broader meaning of performativity, performative architecture and performance-based building design are discussed in terms of how they influence today’s design thinking.

With contributions from 44 expert practitioners, educators and researchers, this volume engages theory, history, technology and the human aspects of performative design thinking and its implications for the future of design.

chapter 1|12 pages

Performances of Architectures and Environments

En Route to a Theory and Framework

chapter 2|19 pages

Social Performativity

Architecture’s Contribution to Societal Progress

chapter 3|14 pages

Informing Form

The Influence of Morphogenesis and Performativity in Practice

chapter 4|17 pages

Architecture of Change

Towards Transformable Architecture

chapter 5|20 pages

Dynamic Aesthetics and Advanced Geometries

The Meaning of Style and Form-making in Performative Design

chapter 6|11 pages

The Paradoxes of Performative Architecture

Toward a New Discipline and a New Agenda for the Profession

chapter 7.1|9 pages

Poetics of Design Beyond Intelligences: The Meaning of Embodied Aesthetics and Simulation of Mood in Performative Design and Architecture

Poetics of Design: A House Is a Tree Is an Insect Is a Computer Is a Human

chapter 7.2|12 pages

Poetics of Design Beyond Intelligences: The Meaning of Embodied Aesthetics and Simulation of Mood in Performative Design and Architecture

Poetics and More in Performative Architecture: Towards a Neuroscience of Dynamic Experience and Design

chapter 8.2|14 pages

The Cognitive Dimension: The Role of Research in Performative Design Process

Theory Put into Research Practice

chapter 10|15 pages

Performative Biotechnical Forms

Culturalizing the Microbiota from High-Tech to Bio-Tech Architecture

chapter 11|21 pages

Searching for a “Bioclimatic Law” in Architecture

Comfort and the Ethics of (Human) Performance

chapter 12|9 pages

Ecological Emergences

The Milieu for Performative Paradigms

chapter 13.1|9 pages

Performative Urban Environments and the Concept of the Future Smart Cities

The Posthuman City: Reflections on the City of the Near Future

chapter 13.2|12 pages

Performative Urban Environments and the Concept of the Future Smart Cities

Toward Establishing Measures for Performative Urban Environments: A Critical Position on Shaping the Future of Smart Cities

chapter 14|20 pages

Seeking Material Capacity and Embedded Responsiveness

Design and Fabrication of Physically Programmed Architectural Constructs

chapter 15.1|3 pages

Resiliency in Performativity

A Shared Vision with Sustainability: Preamble

chapter 15.2|11 pages

Resiliency in Performativity

A Shared Vision with Sustainability

chapter 17|14 pages

Simulation Tools for Social Performance

Immersive Building Simulation

chapter 18|16 pages

Performative Material Morphologies

chapter 19.1|15 pages

Dynamic Vocabularies

Technology of Expressive, Communicative and Responsive Surface Architecture and Design of Building Skins and Enclosure Systems in Performative Design Forms

chapter 19.2|9 pages

Dynamic Vocabularies

Active Façade Tectonics: Sensing and Reacting to the Wicked, Complex Entanglements of Building Envelope Architecting

chapter 20|21 pages

Energy-Performative Architecture

Working with the Forces of Nature to Optimize Energy Flows and the Impact on Phenomenology of Architectural Form

chapter 21|8 pages


Bio-Receptive Materials with a New Outlook on Performativity and Sustainability

chapter 22|19 pages

Phenomenology of Interactivity

Patterns of Human Interaction with Urban Built Environments and the Impact of Computer Automation

chapter 23|14 pages

The Cybernetics of Cybernetics

A Performative Idiom

chapter 24|13 pages

Performative Design Strategies

The Synthesis Process of a Woven Complexity

chapter 25|15 pages

Design Sensibilities: Intangible and Qualitative Design Factors in Performative Design

Enactive Experience in the (Neuro)science of Form

chapter 26|12 pages

Health and Wellbeing

Performance-Based Design Concepts for a Healthful Built Environment and Human Equilibrium

chapter 27|21 pages

Reciprocal Relationships of Materiality and Human Engagement

Expanding the Role of Material Systems towards Sensorial Socio-Spatial Agency

chapter 28|21 pages

Computing Performativity

The Role of Coding Within BIM for the Execution of Performative Design Concepts

chapter 29|7 pages

Professional Practice and the Performative Delivery of Architecture

Precision, Prediction, Value

chapter 30|10 pages

Performing Architecture

A Reflection on the Rituals and Procedures of Practice

chapter 31|15 pages

Educating Accountable Architects

The Future Performers