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Scholarship of Design
Climatic Universal System:
Architecture and Living Knowledge
Francesco Marullo
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Knowledge is immeasurable and exceeds single individuals. Unlike raw materials that can be processed and assembled mechanically, it is alive and collectively produced, hence difficult to control and confine within rigid boundaries. Whereas in the past it remained siloed in monasteries and palaces, protected in libraries and ordered in museums, selectively disseminated by specific institutions and organs of communications, today the drastic acceleration of information exchange demands to continuously reinvent how knowledge is produced and made accessible. Investigating the 1970 Archizoom’s project for the University of Florence, the essay explores the relations between life and work, architecture and knowledge production.

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