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    Architecture is dead.

    Nicholas Ng
    Sep 22, '04 10:57 PM EST

    Cliche. Or is it? During yesterday's studio on our aviary project, this cliche subject that architecture/design is dead came up to me when student X was presenting.

    In student "X's" idea, X wanted to create a virtual aviary instead of a physical structure. Is X taking the easy way out on design? What is there to admire or look at when you're just relying on LCD screens and networking to transmit information on birds? Is architecture or will architecture become obsolete in the future because of technology?

    I don't know the answer to that, maybe yes, maybe no. What X is suggesting has already happened to the graphic design industry. The evolution of the internet changed the concept of traditional print. Digital motion/animation is taking over.

    Will architecture take its last breath of air in the next millennium and bow down to technology?


    • oe

      ...not until you can smell the internet, methinks.

      Sep 23, 04 11:12 am

      well....u can "input" all the data u want into the small bird's brain right??, but where r u going to keep those birds so people can watch them and study them???.... also in a LCD screen?? (i better start buying then Natl. Geo. dvd's), no, i dont think arch. would bow down to tech. as u say... we just need to adapt tech and virtual enviroments to real enviroments...we would never stop living in the real...thats for sure

      even the blobitecture guys who "develop" everything in the virtual have the goal to build their stuff in the real.... or would they settle if i pay them in google e.mail accounts??? ;-)

      here's an office that i know that investigates the l¿"link" or relation between the real and the virtual: "MESH is dedicated to the integration of physical and electronic architectures"

      Sep 23, 04 11:44 am
      Alexander Bohn

      also yeah for the record... while the field of graphic design has been turned on its head significantly by advances in digital technology, and while yes the role of print design in particular has been changed (particularly if you listened to david carson in the mid-ninties), analog processes like letterpress and traditional film are still extremely relevant. you can't do what brakhage did in flash, I would say. even koolhaas has reneged on many of his millenial sound bites that hyped virtual architectures.

      I would think architecture, of all things, is one of the few professions that will be with humanity in perpetuity. people always need a roof over their heads, right?


      Sep 23, 04 7:26 pm

      a bit late to this one, but i would have to agree with the previous posting. the only way architecture can ever become totally virtual is if we as a species cease exist as we know it in the physical world... something akin to the podded beings in the matrix? i think the whole debate about the virtual supplanting the physical was only bouyed by the introduction of the internet and the proliferation of home computers... now that the 'irrational exhuberance' has worn off it all seems to be on the ebb.

      Oct 7, 04 6:07 pm

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