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        This paper discusses regulated and systematic notions of chance. Following Peirce and tracing the history of thought around the idea of chance, Ian Hacking has proposed that our conception of indeterminism about the world has created an opposite effect in wanting us to calculate, regulate and control. The more we are aware of the chance universe, the more we want to tame and ‘design’ chance. In this theoretical context the article discusses architecture’s relation to indeterminacy. The building, in its effort to tame nature and to defend itself against indeterminacy, highlights what it represses, the very condition of indeterminacy. While buildings resist time and repress indeterminacy because of their objective to be rational, solid and permanent, they inevitably emphasize it as an oppositional condition with which they interact dialectically. This is the paradox and virtue of buildings. Manolopoulou proposes that architecture should find a new area of knowledge that concerns the study and practice of chance: a socially engaged and situated spatial activity that integrates design with chance to expand the conventional limits of design and critique the norm of architectural practice as solely autonomous and controlling. This practice of chance acknowledges time, the non-planned and, more fundamentally, the complex human rhythms and histories that are inevitably interlinked with the use of spaces.
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        Manolopoulou, Y. (2011). The Practice of Chance. Productive Uncertainty. Indeterminacy in Spatial Design, Planning and Management, OASE, (85), 44–56. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/85/ThePracticeOfChance

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