diagram: Diagrams belong to space and organization. A diagram can be a notation but a notation can not be a diagram.
-“A diagram is a graphic assemblage that specifies relationships between activity and form, organizing the structure and distribution of functions. As such, diagrams are architecture’s best means to engage the complexity of the real.”
-“The diagram is understood as a visual tool designated to convey as much information in 5 minutes as would require a whole day to imprint on the memory.”
-“A diagram is not a thing in itself but a description of potential relationships among elements, a map of possible worlds.”
-“Diagrams are not regulating devices but simply instructions for action or possible formal configurations.”
-“Architecture’s most powerful tool to think about organization. “Its variables include both formal and programmatic configurations: space and event, force and resistance, density, distribution, and direction. Diagrams are highly schematic and graphically reductive, but they are not simply pictorial. Diagrams are syntactic and not semantic, more concerned with structure than with meaning. In an immediate apprehension of the relations between the parts, while the process of reading a notational schema is more extended, unfolding in time, like reading a text or a musical score.””
-“Diagrams function through matter/matter relationships, not matter/context relationships. They turn away from the questions of meaning and interpretation and reassert function as a legitimate problem, without the dogmas of functionalism. The shift from translation to transposition does not so much function to shut down meaning,, as to collapse the process of interpretation. Internal relationships are transposed, moved from part-to-part from graphic to the material, by means of operations that are always partial, arbitrary, and incomplete. The impersonal character of these transpositions shifts attention away from the ambiguous personal poetics of translation, and its associations with the weighty instructions of literature, language, and hermeneutics.”