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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Ship as a space locus, architecture as a space fabrica

Pierre Boudon1


Citation Information: Semiotica. Volume 2009, Issue 175, Pages 297–310, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: 10.1515/semi.2009.050, June 2009

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A classical Greek allegory can serve to illustrate the idea of architecture as a cyclical process of negentropy: the story of the ship Argo, of which we know that she could not call at any harbor, and so was condemned to be repaired, piece by piece, on her own. This story defines a kind of self-reproduction, a figure between phagocytosis and metamorphosis of her own shape. Again, we find this figure of self-reproduction, according to the anthropologist Lévi-Strauss, between the notion of Nature and the notion of Culture, from which we can establish a frame of couplings that generate symbolic forms of society.

Keywords:: semiotic of architecture; self reproduction mechanism; tectonics; architecture as fiction; schematization (Kant)

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