The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 28: Technology, Virtuality, Materiality
Technology, Virtuality, Materiality
A New Technological Landscape
A reflection on the present state of the relations between architecture and technology cannot dispense with an examination of the changes that have affected technology in the past decades. These changes are not only a matter of innovations like the massive diffusion of digital tools, the development of genetic engineering or the new perspectives opened by the exploration of nanoscale structures. Pathbreaking and spectacular though these innovations may be, they are only part of a more global evolution. This evolution presents a strong epistemological dimension. In other words, it is not only the content of technology but its very definition that has changed during the past decades. What we now call technology differs radically from the technological ...