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In one philosophy one thinks of form or design as primarily conceptual or cerebral, something to be
generated as a pure thought in isolation from the messy world of matter and energy. Once conceived, a design can be given a physical form by simply imposing it on a material substratum, which is taken to be homogenous, obedient and receptive to the wishes of the designer. … The opposite stance may be represented by a philosophy of design in which materials are not inert receptacles for a cerebral form imposed from the outside, but active participants in the genesis of form. This implies the existence of heterogenous materials, with variable properties and idiosyncrasies which the designer must respect and make an integral part of the design which, it follows, cannot be routinized.

— Manuel DeLanda

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