Sanford Kwinter presents a lecture titled “Soft Systems.” He defines the soft system as a new type of biological space, citing recent research into thermodynamics, molecular biology, and planetary dynamics as influences to support his hypothesis. He draws comparisons between natural systems and computational systems to further support this theory. Finally, he offers his speculations into how these models can influence the field of architecture while imagining a material world in a state of constant flux.
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Kwinter introduces the topic of the Boolean network, a network of linked elements each in a binary on or off state. In this model the system initializes in a random state and becomes ordered and eventually locked or incapable of further switching. He then offers a comparison of different natural phenomena under this model. Kwinter next describes a dynamics of information and explains how natural systems have a computational capacity. Machines and machinic clusters can be organized under this model. Finally Kwinter identifies global and molecular systems of integration. In this model a world emerges where “electromaterial” environments manifest themselves holographically. He imagines this world as a single, multi-level fluid system.