Sep '06 - Dec '09
Today we started Buildings Texts and Contexts listening to a 1966 broadcast from Radio Caroline.
The subject: Architecture as Megastructure
The reason for the radio broadcast: looking at the role that pirated radios had in making the new “electronic environment” theorized by Marshall McLuhan apparent. The ships and offshore artillery forts were outside of English jurisdiction, but within reach to be able to be listened to in major cities. An early example of media completely becoming its own thing with its own identity, rules, and spaces. The media becomes more important than the architecture, making Archigram's idea of architecture as simply the hardware that allows for (constant ?) changes of media. I wasn't aware of these radio stations and wanted to share.
One question: what is our relationship with our media and hardware today? Has it changed?
Offshore Radio in England