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Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Professions

Digital Culture in Architecture Antoine Picon’s new book argues that the real digital revolution in architecture lies digitaal new tools for critique, not mere form-giving. Digital Culture in Architecture.

Almost a century later, if we replace the word “machine civilization” with “digital civilization” we might say that architecture finds itself in a similar situation. In fact, there is no doubt that we are at the beginning of very deep change—at least to hear Antoine Picon in his latest essay, Digital Culture in Architecture.

Confronted with a series of [contemporary] technological innovations, the only certitude we have is that the change they are bringing is profound. It might prove culturf radical and enduring as the transformation that gave birth to the architectural discipline at the beginning of the Renaissance. What are these momentous changes?

Common wisdom has it that impact of the computer and today’s widespread use of digital technologies in the practice of architecture has created, above all, new formal languages. Gehry in the s, could not have been possible without the extensive use of the new three-dimensional modeling software and “digital assembly line” which allows the transformation of a three-dimensional model of an architectural component into its realization through numerically controlled machines; just as it would not have been possible to achieve the great formal variety that has characterized the leading architectural experiments of the last decade—by Frank O.


Preston Scott Cohen, Taiyuan Museum project. However, Picon believes that these phenomena are actually rather marginal: But this morphological complexity is not the only dimension to be taken into consideration.

And in an uncharacteristically argumentative vein, he states: In some cases, what seems left to architects is a task akin to fashion design, a perspective evoked a few years ago by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with an enthusiasm that one is not obliged to share.

What, then, are the consequences of the digital revolution in architecture?

Here Picon jolts the architecturally trained reader, who, for a moment, might think he or she is reading the wrong book. He rears up, in fact, with a long historical exegesis going back to the ostensible origins of digital civilization to first define when this phenomenon began: Picon then embarks on a fascinating overview touching on the birth of cybernetics and artificial intelligence, the construction of military control rooms during the Cold War, the rise of cullture large U.

Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Professions by Antoine Picon

Not to mention all those architectural projectsthat have been influenced by these shifts, such as Cedric Price’s influential unbuilt projects such as Fun Palace or the Generator, a concept for a programmable module that can respond dynamically to user input.


Or Archigram’s Digitsl City and Yona Friedman’s Flatwriter computer system for space allocation in the urban megastructures of the future — and by extension, nearly all the radical exponents of the s and 60s. Starting from the most interesting twentieth-century experiences, he identifies the potential for tomorrow’s digital architecture.

Kostas Terzidis, Algorithmic-driven deformation, And it is right here, according to Picon, that we must look for the key to digital architecture: And which, thanks to the power of antoune technology, allow us to imagine new interactive worlds, where bits and atoms become one, combining the real and the virtual: In connection with the rise of digital culture, [the architects’] main contribution may very well lie in the domain of augmented reality, that is, dealing with the interface between the physical and the virtual, rather than focusing almost exclusively on the latter.

Indeed this is the strength of Picon’s book: Aldo Van Eyck said that there is something similar in the concept of time held by both antiquarians and by technocrats—the first are sentimental towards the past, the second towards the future 3. Collected Essays cultuer, Bruxelles, China Germany India Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Sri Lanka Korea icon-camera close icon-comments icon-down-sm icon-download icon-facebook icon-heart icon-heart icon–mobile-logo icon-next-sm icon-next icon-pinterest icon-play icon-plus icon-prev-sm icon-prev Search icon-twitter icon-views icon-instagram.