New Wombs: Electronic Bodies and Architectural Disorders

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 1, 2000 - Architecture - 93 pages
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A sense of harmony and proportion has traditionally been achieved in architectural compositions by using the dimensions of the human body as the starting point. Modern technology now enables us to go beyond these physical dimensions into a virtual world, and this poses a challenge to architecture as we usually perceive it. Interactive, flexible and intelligent models are being called for. Whilst technology is taking us into the realms of virtual reality, architecture on the other hand, is becoming more corporeal. "Postorganic" is the term being used to express this merging of the body and architecture brought about by electronic media. A radical change in perspective is blurring the distinction between the organic and mechanic, and the artificial logic of the computer and the natural logic of man are fusing together
 

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Contents

1 The Dismeasurable Body
7
the Body as a Machine of the Senses
8
the Body in Prosthesis
17
the Body without Organs
23
2 The Project of Chaos
32
22 Urban Dismeasurement
33
23 Architectural Dismeasurement
37
24 Uprooting
47
26 A Visceral Nature
61
27 Virtuality
63
28 Sensitivity
65
3 The Logic of Complexity
71
32 The Corporeal Machine
76
33 The Architecture of the Machine
78
Further Reading
84
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25 Fluidity
53

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Maria Luisa Palumbo works at the McLuhan Programm in Culture and Technology.

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