The Architecture of Analogy: Simultaneous Order within the Analogical Design Process

By Cameron McEwan.

Published by The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice

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Analogical thinking is both concrete and abstract; critical and creative. It is the close and distant relationship to both fact and fantasy. “Simultaneous order” is this relationship. The architectural result of the “analogical thinking” process is inferred to be “analogical form.”

This paper examines the simultaneous order inherent to the analogical design process. It investigates the relationship between analogical thinking and analogical form. The first part of this paper concentrates on analogical thinking. The analogical framework is outlined, and “simultaneous order” unpackaged via the literary critic and poet T. S. Eliot and the philosopher Gilbert Ryle. Then, the relationship between Rossi’s Analogical City and Freud’s Forgetting Signorelli is analysed. The final part presents the sketch design project that applies the simultaneous order of the analogical framework. The paper concludes by noting the analogical relationship between Aldo Rossi and Sigmund Freud is both ambiguous and alluring, and thus requires further research.

Keywords: Aldo Rossi, Analogy, Architecture, Association, Form, Memory, Montage, Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalysis, Urban design

The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.33-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 9.987MB).

Cameron McEwan

PhD Researcher, Dundee School of Architecture, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK

Cameron McEwan is a PhD Researcher and Architectural Design Tutor in the Urbanism MArch Unit at Dundee School of Architecture. He graduated with a Master of Architecture with Distinction in 2009 and has received awards for architectural design and drawing. He has published and presented his research as journal articles and at conferences; and has exhibited work at the Lighthouse; at the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries 2010 Exhibition, Edinburgh; and at the RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow. His PhD by design, titled The Architecture of Analogyis influenced by architect Aldo Rossi’s programme of Analogical Architecture and the “associative thinking” method of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. It asks, whatever happened to Analogical Architecture?