Realizing Information <i>Building</i>

in Holding On to Reality

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780226066257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066226 | DOI:
Realizing Information Building

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Building includes reality so vigorously that it requires and is dependent on contingency and reveals something about it. All cultural signs or symbols underdetermine their realization and are in this sense necessarily ambiguous. This kind of symbolic ambiguity makes for the creativity of realization and contingency. Real ambiguity has a difficult and distressing aspect yet than that which appears in the misguided ruminations of art historians. Gothic builders showed a sublime indifference and grand superiority to the kind of counting and calculating that the romantics deplored in the rational and industrial temper of their times. The shift of cultural energy from the presence of things to the reference of signs, from meaning to information, was part of the large contingency of historical change.

Keywords: building; reality; contingency; cultural signs; symbols

Chapter.  5276 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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