Technological Reception of Architecture: Beyond the Digital Representation

By Joanna Wlaszyn.

Published by The Design Collection

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The increasing applications of digital technologies generate new sensational schematizations in the reception of architecture. Technological progress influences the experiments in architecture, embracing new aesthetics and thereby the emotive and sensorial side of representation by exploring the “formal” and “material” possibilities of design and by searching for new architectural identities and meanings. These new meanings of design convert the architectural object, not because it would be more ‘technological’, but because it is created and represented differently. In the context of expanding tendencies in architectural design, this definition appears through the advisability of materializing the new ‘objects’ and through new modes of perception. Therefore architecture rises to the new logical knowledge and questions its invisible aspects - beyond the digital representation. Contemporary architectural design is often reduced to the synonym of formal research using new technological methods as conceptual tools. Taking the opposite view, this paper will discuss the consequences of technological development for expanded architectural design in the perspective of phenomenological reception.

Keywords: Architecture, Architectural Design, Technologies, Reception, Representation, Senses and Meanings

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.213-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.097MB).

Joanna Wlaszyn

Architect and Researcher, Ecole Doctorale University Paris-Est, Paris, France

Architect and researcher, member of ACS Laboratory (Architecture, Culture et Société) at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais/ENSAPM in Paris. Currently in the PhD program, research fields include: phenomenological approach to contemporary architecture, aesthetic relationship between art, architecture and technology, with a particular focus on experimental architecture and its technological modes of production, reception and representation.


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