The Virtual Dimension: Architecture, Representation, and Crash Culture

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In a century immersed in technological acceleration, we have reached a strange new plateau in the human condition. Advanced technologies are dramatically reshaping the way we perceive and interact with our physical environments. The Virtual Dimension critically examines the role that digital and immersive technologies have on the methods used by architects, designers, and artists to conceptualize and represent both real and virtual spaces. Interdiscplinary in nature, the essays included here address the ...
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Overview

In a century immersed in technological acceleration, we have reached a strange new plateau in the human condition. Advanced technologies are dramatically reshaping the way we perceive and interact with our physical environments. The Virtual Dimension critically examines the role that digital and immersive technologies have on the methods used by architects, designers, and artists to conceptualize and represent both real and virtual spaces. Interdiscplinary in nature, the essays included here address the implications of 'going virtual' from a variety of cultural and theoretical viewpoints. Over thirty leading architects, urban theorists, philosophers, scientists, and cultural critics have contributed to this collection, which include essays and projects by the following:
  • Stan Allen
  • Peter Anders
  • Asymptote
  • Erica Baum
  • Gareth Branwyn
  • Bernard Cache
  • Char Davies
  • Manuel De Landa
  • Frances Dyson
  • Michael Heim
  • Knowbotic Research
  • Brian Massumi
  • William J. Mitchell
  • Hans Moravec
  • NOX Architects
  • Stephen Perrella
  • Florian R√∑etzer
  • Andreas Ruby
  • Vivian Sobchack
  • Michael A. Speaks
  • Claudia Springer
  • Stelarc
  • Arne Svenson
  • Mark C. Taylor
  • Ben van Berkel
  • Paul Virilio
  • Margaret Wertheim
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  • ISBN-13: 9781568981208
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Merge Invisible Layers 1
Flesh Space 18
"Space," "Being," and Other Fictions in the Domain of the Virtual 26
The Medieval Return of Cyberspace 46
Virtual Repression: Hollywood's Cyberspace and Models of the Mind 62
Reality: photographs by Erica Baum 78
The Senses have no Future 84
The Abolition of Humanity and the Contours of the New A-Theology 96
Outer Space or Virtual Space? Utopias of the Digital Age 120
Changing Space: Virtual Reality as an Arena of Embodied being 144
Virtual Reality and the Tea Ceremony 156
Architecture in the Age of its Virtual Disappearance 178
Photographs of Las Vegas 188
Stripping Architecture 194
Antitectonics: The Poetics of Virtuality 204
Envisioning Cyberspace: The Design of on-line Communities 218
Hyper Surfaces: Socius Fluxus 234
Terminal Velocities: The Computer in the Design Studio 242
A Capacity for Endlessness 256
Fresh H[superscript 2]O Expo 264
10√∑Dencies 268
Meshworks, Hierarchies, and Interfaces 274
The Difference-Scape 286
Framing the Fold: Furniture, Architecture, Geography, and the Pursuit of the Virtual: Bernard Cache 292
Line Parable for the Virtual (on the Superiority of the Analog) 304
The Desire to be Wired 322
Stelarc: The Evolutionary Alchemy of Reason 334
Seeing with Your Eyes: an email discussion 342
About the Contributors 357
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