“Processus architecture” is the chain of operations leading towards the materialization of an architectural object. It starts with the conception of a plan, it passes through the phase of adaptation to user-expectations, and gets materialized through the action of various professionals. But the processus does not stop with materialization: it triggers a sequence of numerous phases of adaptations by users succeeding one-another. “Processus architecture” is a long weary one.

It is evident that the processus follows another route if all decisions involved are made by professionals alone or if they are the effective users who make them. In one case as in the other, the processus follows an erratic, unpredictable path, that can not be determined by formulas or recipes. The only way to describe the processus with some credibility is through recording its “history”.

Generally traces of that history are not kept accessible. An important potential advantage of computer aided design might be the recording of all phases of that serpentine history.

  • YONA FRIEDMAN (born 1923, Budapest) is a Hungarian-born French architect, urban planner and designer. He was influential in the late 1950s and early 1960s, best known for his theory of mobile architecture. Yona Friedman has been through the Second World War escaping the Nazi roundups and lived for about a decade i in Israel before moving permanently to Paris in 1957. He became a French citizen in 1966. [source wikipedia]