The Synthetic Dialect & Cybernetic Architectural Form
Paper presented by Tristan d'Estree Sterk at William Mitchell's ACSA Technology Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
Recently a significant philosophical split has appeared within the discipline of architecture. The split exists because the architectural profession is adopting a new digital framework, from which it can challenge the traditional cultural and technical pursuits of the discipline. This paper is about this split within the profession and about using it to develop challenging contemporary architectural forms that work to fill the gap.
So where does the split come from? Our discipline and its associated discourses have over time been informed by the technologies used to construct it, design it, and mediate it, but also constrained by these things and our understandings of them. With this in mind, one can realize that it is the technologies of the time that in fact shape the philosophical positions and styles adopted by both individual designers and entire genres.
This gap isn't an easy thing to pin down. It takes on several forms all of which seem to stem from the same source, that being the influence of information constructs on space. If anything this paper aims to uncover the differences and similarities of these constructs, and use them to understand the digital genre that presently surrounds us.
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