Rhizome Chart

Root/tree Radicle Rhizome
taproot or dichotomous roots proliferation of secondary roots subterranean stems, bulb or tuber, burrow
Hierarchy cutting of the taproot causes the destruction of all other parts unity of the root maintained in supplementary dimension autonomous. Loosely interconnected parts
Operation imitation of the world Is it working? How is it working (for me)? Is something coming through?
Unity Linear: everything turns around a single axis Cyclical: unity within the supplementary dimension (e.g. dimension of knowledge or of sentence) Unitary idea is missing
Multiplicity missing: it has been eliminated by dualism rules of combination reduce the growth of multiplicity multiplicity is achieved by subtracting the one from the existent: n-1

I found this diagram in 2005 in a web article about architecture. What struck me about the chart was that through a close reading of the rhizome plateau, its creator identified the third structure of books suggested by Deleuze and Guattari. And in introducing the third term, which is often left out, the chart serves as a powerful argument for my theory of “contrasts” and against the all-too-easy slide into the golden mean performed by thinkers like DeLanda.

I have added a PDF of it to the downloads sections for easy reference.


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