Assemblage Theory (and Ecology)

53 – “Cities and Nations” – M. DeLanda

Manuel Delanda discusses the complex networks of cities and urban places throughout the different assemblage. The urban geography relates to the “regionalized locale”. “Local” refers to “the use of space to provide the settings of interaction, the settings of interaction in turn being essential to specifying contextuality” (Pg. 94). “Regionalization” refers to the zoning of time-space in relation of routinized social practices rather than only as localization in space.  DeLanda gives us some examples of various scales objects to explore assemblages on the object constructs in architectural, historical and cultural influence. The urban place is not only relating to its physical boundaries but also the occupancy practices and development of technology. For example, elevators and escalator changed the vertical and horizontal transportation which imply the nodes in the network, and all movements are more rapidly from one node t other than they did from one central place to another. This faster transportation change the boundaries of space and even the organizations of cities .Furthermore, it improved the economic structure, as “world-economies”. The theory of “Assemblages” addresses the various scales of systems. DeLanda indicates that each level of scale of systems retain a relative autonomy and respects their heterogeneity between different components.
1. Does fashion change an assemblage in architecture?
2. How does assemblage affect the development of cities in the future?



52 – “Assemblage” – J. Macgregor Wise

J. Macgregor Wise discusses a concept of assemblage that come from Deleuze’s and this concept help us to understand the relationship between the technology’s structure and organization. Assemblages are not a static term, is a dynamic process of arranging, organizing, fitting together. There are two axes of assemblages:“One axis is the creation of territory, on strata, thus moving between making (territorialization) and unmaking (deterritorialization) on the Body without Organs. The other axis is the enunciation of signifiers, collectively, moving between technology (content, material) and language (expression, non-corporeal effects)”(Pg. 80). Assemblages create territories that are more than just space. Territories are not fixed, but are always being made and unmade which are same with assemblages. Fox example, the “home” is a place that we own and we create it as comfortable space as we enjoyed through arrangement of objects, practices, feelings and affects. This arrangement is less objects and qualities than lines and speeds.

Assemblages are more than things, practices and signs articulated into a formation, and are qualities, affects, speeds and densities. Furthermore, assemblages work through the flows of agency and focus on the connections and relationships among elements. We should think about flows of information and connection to understand assemblages between various participants.
1. Can we say that the space is an assemblage rather than an entity?
2. What is the end of assemblages – disassemble, renew or renascence?


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