Holger Kehne, Jeffrey Turko
'There is no diagram that does not include, besides the points which it
connects up, certain relatively free or unbound points of creativity,
change and resistance.'
- Deleuze, Foucault
If architecture returned to the diagram, might it locate these 'unbound
points' within its own practice? Might it configure the material
intersections of infrastructure, technology, topography and geometry
within its own diagram, productively engaging with an ecology
understood as environmental, social and subjective?
The pursuit of this possibility informs Diploma 12's agenda. While
staying focused on the potential of infrastructural networks and nodes,
we now shift from indexical to diagrammatic means, from the
process-driven and conjectural to the performative and pragmatic. The
diagram engages directly with local forces and conditions; it explores
architectural performance and potential dynamically and in situ.
Guided by this methodology, we will propose a new 4,300km-long
high-speed train line stretching the length of Chile, from Antarctica
to the Tropics. All along the line, a string of railway stations will
engage with radically different local conditions.