Digital Dreams: Architecture and the New Alchemic Technologies

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Whitney Library of Design, Jan 1, 1998 - Architecture - 168 pages
For serious future thinkers, this book plots changes ahead in our spatial lexicon and speculates to conceive, navigate, and occupy previously unavailable, technological defined landscapes.

The author posits that as explorations in cyberspace, molecular and tissue engineering, genetics, and complex systems theories accelerate, they will drastically change our environment, and therefore, our architecture. When space is reevaluated, the process will inevitably lead to a new articulation of architecture in terms of its use, scale of operation, and aesthetic content, opening up exciting new spatial frontiers. In examining the potential of coming technological innovation, the book enables readers to see the interaction of such techniques and the architecture resulting from them. Specifics addressed include algorithmic and hypertextual architectures, spatial procedures in cyber-space, self-replicating and artificially intelligent structures, a new plasticity in buildings, and other provocative issues.

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Neil Spiller is dean of the School of Architecture, Design, and Construction at the University of Greenwich, founding director of the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research Group (AVATAR), and a practicing architect. He is the author of Visionary Architecture and Digital Architecture Now.

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