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In the article, From Object to Field, Stan Allen presents a different paradigm in the evaluation of the field as defined by non-traditional research and assigned it to discover a substantial connection between the field and the object being created. In architecture the results can be rewarding and resonate with the general community. However, since the connection is not consistently based on culture, architectural precedents and/or utility of the site, the resulting urban fabric overtime is unknown. Therefore the long-term effects of the idealogy of objects to field should be evaluated. Like all good intentions the end results, the aggregated field is rarely tested and may not lead to good environments. What we have tested over time are neighborhood town planning principles in which the order has, I am sure benefited even the quality of life of the author. In fact, urban design and modern city planning is so inclusive of all aspects of the built, social and natural environment that its logical connections support each other at all levels. In the subheading, A Logistics of Context, Mr Allen states, “One of Modern architecture’s most evident failings has been its inability to address adequately the complexities of urban context.”. His article suggest a shift in the paradigm of how we deal with the city. He suggest that we steer away from thinking of systems to control order and ride along the with the natural disorder of city living. He further states how people thrive in cities because they are places of unexpected, products of complex order emerging overtime. The most important thing to remember is that the system of order currently in-place is only as smart as the people who are running it. What makes some outrageous designs so interesting is their contrast to the orderly. There are cities that thrive in the system of order and there are those that do not. I believe there should be a distinction between those. However, in order for the laws to be fair and equal, the same rules apply regardless of place and economics and that sometimes creates more disorder than order. To understand the logistics of context one needs to begin to understand the overarching unifying element, especially in this country – all laws apply equally. Mr Allen does not provide sufficient support to illustrate his idea. However, I partially agree that the thinking and frame of mind about context can be constricting.


Objects to Field