Porosity: The Architecture of Invagination by Richard Goodwin
Publisher: RMIT University Press ISBN: 9781921426865 Author: Richard Goodwin Format: Softcover, 264pp, 160x218mm
In Porosity: The Architecture of Invagination, highly influential Australian artist, Richard Goodwin, changes our view of cities as collections of individual buildings.
By prejudicing public space and finding previously undefined public spaces within them, "Chiastic Space" presents ideas for a radically transformed western city. By studying, defining and indexing these spaces, Goodwin has found "what a building desires" to do next in its determination to facilitate new technologies, new building-to-building connections and demands on its program.
Although the term "Porosity" is now widely used, Goodwin's pioneering use of the term since the 1990s remains unique. He uses it as a way of describing the urban experience, which turns architecture inside out and de-emphasises the obsession with facades.
Porosity is full of images that show parasitic growth on existing structure which defy the asethetics of Modernist control and which three-dimensionalise public space.