Evolo Skyscraper

2010

Sociocultural Evolutionism Expressed Via Techtonics

Sociocultural evolution(ism) is an umbrella term for theories of cultural evolution and social evolution, describing how cultures and societies have developed over time. Although such theories typically provide models for understanding the relationship between technologies, social structure, the values of a society, and how and why they change with time, they vary as to the extent to which they describe specific mechanisms of variation and social change.

Tower = Theory

Here the Skyscraper exists to reveal and respond to the social fabric and cultural framework of an entire country, South Africa.   The tower is a human experiment to provide models of understanding the relationship between technologies, social structure, and values of South African culture.  It is emblematic of specific mechanisms of variation and change within a global context.   The tectonics of this tower embodies a sociocultural evolutionism which is meant to break, manipulate, accumulate, fabricate, converge, culminate, diverge, divulge, dissolve.   The site is situated on the harbor of Cape Town, South Africa, a city which offers a perfect context to display such an archetype.