This functionalist dictum can be contrasted with an opposing ideal of architecture like the one proposed by Robert Venturi, in that "less is a bore." (WK 2011)
Contrary to these opposing ideals (and other views as will be discussed in the book), architecture (in relation to form and function) is neither possible nor desirable to the extent that the respective ideologues (on different sides) would like us to believe.
Of course, the challenge to these opposing ideas in architecture does not suggest that architecture has little use, or that those fields of study (related to architecture) like urban planning, landscape gardening, industrial design, visual arts, hermeneutics, computation, construction, and so on should be rejected too. Needless to say, neither of these extreme views is reasonable.
Rather, this book provides an alternative (better) way to understand the future of architecture, especially in the dialectic context of form and function-while learning from different approaches in the literature but without favoring any one of them (nor integrating them, since they are not necessarily compatible with each other).
Differently put, this book offers a new theory (that is, the transcendent theory of architecture) to go beyond the existing approaches in a novel way.
If successful, this seminal project is to fundamentally change the way that we think about architecture, from the combined perspectives of the mind, nature, society, and culture, with enormous implications for the human future and what the author originally called its "post-human" fate .
Chapter One. Introduction-The Legacy of Architecture
Part Two: Form
Chapter Two. Form and its Twin Faces
Part Three: Function
Chapter Three. Function and its Double Sword
Part Four: Conclusion
Chapter Four. Conclusion-The Future of Architecture
Beyond Form and Function
As a polymath, he is known for his pioneering works on "transcendent architecture," "interactive semantics," "transdisciplinary performing arts," "interventive-reshaping geography," "complex data analysis," "creational chemistry," "comparative-impartial literature," "supersession computing," "detached gambling," "multilateral acoustics," "metamorphic humor," "heterodox education," "post-human mind games," "post-Earth geology," "substitutive religion," "post-cosmology," "contrarian personality," "post-ethics," "multifaceted war and peace," "post-humanity," "critical-dialectic formal science," "combinational organization," "hyper-sexual body," "law reconstruction," "comprehensive creative thinking," "hyper-martial body," "multilogical learning," "contingent urban planning," "post-capitalism," "selective geometry," "post-democracy," "contrastive advantages," "ambivalent technology," "authoritarian liberal democracy," "the post-post-Cold-War era," "post-civilization," "transformative aesthetic experience," "synthetic information architecture," "contrastive mathematical logic," "dialectic complexity," "after-postmodernity," "sophisticated methodological holism," "post-human space-time," "existential dialectics," "unfolding unconsciousness," "floating consciousness," "hyper-spatial consciousness," and other visions.
Dr. Baofu earned an entry to the list of "prominent and emerging writers" in Contemporary Authors (2005) and another honorary entry in The Writers Directory (2007)-and was also interviewed on television and in newspapers about his original ideas. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in the Far East. He had taught as a professor at different universities in Western Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, the Balkans, Central Asia, South Asia, North America, and Southeast Asia. He finished more than 5 academic degrees, including a Ph.D. from the world-renowned M.I.T., and was a summa cum laude graduate.