Social Ontology


Project Year: 2013
Project Type: Urban research/analysis
Project Location: Lagos, Nigeria; Mumbai, India

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Paper Abstract

Extensive research has been done on self-organizing, dynamic systems and their physical and non-physical applications. Social networks as well as urban typologies are two systems which can be described as nonlinear dynamic systems that exhibit properties of self-organization – that is both systems co-evolve alongside each other resulting in the suppression of old ‘types’ in lieu of emergent behaviors. Through the use of Manuel DeLanda and Gilles Deleuze’s Assemblage Theory, we can create a combined system that arms designers with an ontological methodology for analyzing cities. Two distinct types of assemblages – culture based social assemblages and interest based social assemblages – are analyzed as they experience periods of territorialization and deterritorialization resulting in new urban paradigms.