The Architecture of Humeurs
New modes of architectural structuring and transaction
David Edwards + Valérie Abrial, May 3, 2010
Architecture des Humeurs/Le Laboratoire_Architecture on Humor_François ROCHE
Architecture des Humeurs/Le Laboratoire_Architecture on Humor_François ROCHE
Instead, this experiment will be the occasion to interrogate an obscure area that could be called “the emission of desires” by the capture of these physiological signals based on neurobiological secretions, and to implement a chemistry of the humors of future purchasers, taken as inputs generating a diversity of habitable morphologies and the relationships between them.

The groundwork for this architecture of “humeurs” is a rereading of the contradictions inherent in the expression of these desires, both those that traverse public space through the ability to express a choice by means of language, on the surface of things, and those that are underlying and perhaps more disturbing but just as valid. By means of the latter we can appraise the body as a desiring machine with its own chemistry – dopamine, hydrocortisone, melatonin, adrenaline and other molecules secreted by the body itself that are imperceptibly anterior to the consciousness these substances generate. Thus the making of architecture is inflected by another reality, another complexity, that of the acephalous body, the animal body.

Architecture des Humeurs/Morphologie resultante local_R&Sie(n) & Le Laboratoire
Architecture des Humeurs/Morphologie resultante local_R&Sie(n) & Le Laboratoire
An architecture of “humeurs” means breaking into language’s mechanism of dissimulation in order to physically construct misunderstandings. A station for collecting these signals is offered. It makes it possible to perceive these chemical variations and capture the changes in emotional state so that they affect the geometries emitted and influence the construction protocol.

Animist, vitalist and machinist, the architecture of “humeurs” rearticulates the need to confront the unknown in a contradictory manner by means of computational and mathematical assessments. The architecture of “humeurs” is also a tool that will give rise to “Multitudes” and their palpitation and heterogeneity, the premises of a relational organization protocol.

Architecture des Humeurs/R&Sie(n) - Matthieu Kavyrchine
Architecture des Humeurs/R&Sie(n) - Matthieu Kavyrchine

François Jouve


My research relates to applied mathematics, more specifically to numerical analysis and scientific calculus. I am interested in the mathematical modelling of physical and biological phenomena as well as in the study of the equations that fall out of this modelling and the implementation of approximate methods of resolution of these equations using computers. This branch of mathematics developed rapidly during the 1960s with the advent of the first sophisticated computers able to perform calculations impossible to carry out on paper. The field borrows both from advances in the other sciences to which it can be applied and from the most up-to-date techniques in mathematics. Its growth is facilitated by increasingly powerful computerized calculations enabling ever more complex forms of modelling. Although originally confined to research questions in sciences such as physics or the mechanics of liquids and solids, where mathematical jargon is the norm, numerical analysis has more recently been shown to be applicable to the modelling of research problems in the fi elds of chemistry, biology, economics and medicine.

Part of my research has been carried out in collaboration with ophthalmologists in the modelling of refractive surgery (the goal of which is to correct vision problems such as myopia (shortsightedness) and astigmatisms) and in the development of new intraocular implants used in cataract surgery. I am additionally interested in the problems of optimisation of forms wherein we attempt to discover ‘optimal forms’ that best satisfy a number of given constraints – a kind of ‘list of specifi cations’. A typical example of this type of problem is fi nding the best compromise between the weight and the rigidity of an object made out of a given material having certain mechanical properties. It is this area of my research, and the original forms it gave rise to following the algorithms we developed, that was the starting point of my collaboration with R&Sie. These research problems, in which the form is unknown – problems which might be classifi ed under the heading ‘inverse problems’ – have a number of applications in extremely varied fields ranging from industry to petroleum prospecting, and even including medical imaging.

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