The Function research series, which is directed by Farshid Moussavi and investigated through her teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, focuses predominantly on how architecture involves the intellectual assembly of matter, providing each built form with inherent affects and sensations. Following from Gilles Deleuze’s work on affect, the premise of this research series is that the affect of built forms play a critical role in the daily experiences of individuals and the cultures that develop from them. Like active forces, built forms influence patterns of thinking and behaving. In order for culture to evolve, architects need to produce novel affects. It is not what built forms represent, but how they function affectively that makes architecture a critical cultural practice.
The Function series to date include ‘The Function of Ornament’, ‘The Function of Form’ and ‘The Function of Style’, all three of which investigate the role of affect in architecture.