Archilibs’ framework for exploring the visual construct in architecture is threefold: Theoria – to think, Praxis – to act, and Poiesis – to make.
Praxis could be summed up as ‘informed action’, it is the process of ‘taking action’ in practice whilst acting within a theoretical framework of thought. In this concept theory and practice are as one; one must not make a distinction between the importance of thinking differently and the importance of making a concrete change in the world. In praxis, abstract theorising is only useful so long as it informs concrete action, but likewise, action must be informed by deep thinking and justification. This is not a case of ‘doing’ and the ‘reflecting’ on it later, rather one of making sure every action has an informed basis, whilst every valuable thought is put into action.
For Aristotle, poiesis is restricted to making or producing that has as its aim something beyond itself, for example, shipbuilding, which has the aim of producing a vessel. It is distinguished from praxis (action, conduct), which has aims and value in itself. Poiesis belongs to techne (craft), while praxis belongs to phronesis (practical reason). In another sense, poiesis is used specifically for poetry and its composition. “The state involving reason and concerned wit action is different from the state involving reason and concerned with poiesis. ”