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After structure: Expression in built form

Frederik Weissenborn


The concept of the ‘inverted genotype’ occupies an important place in the space syntax literature. Since its conception, however, this has been associated with a particular structuralist reading which - inasmuch as it contradicts central structuralist principles - is problematic. This paper puts forward a different reading of the inverted genotype, drawing on the expressive philosophy of Baruch Spinoza. It advances an expressionist approach to the problem of built form, effectively shifting from a structuralist towards a Spinozist perspective.


Typology, space syntax, inverted genotype, minimal initial system, expression.

Full Text: JOSS_2015_P34-48