New Concept of Immateriality within the Architectural Context

By Ozlem Kandemir.

Published by The Design Collection

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We are witnessing the corrosion of dual oppositions and blurring of concepts, like material and immaterial, mind and soul, terrestrial and celestial. With advancements in information technology, as well as our daily life, the culture we live in and space we dwell in are changing and from both cultural and cognitive viewpoints, becoming more digitalized. Space and form have gained new meanings, culturally and cognitively, with fragmentations and transformation and introduction of new concepts like multimedia, virtuality, interaction, digitalization and immateriality. Environment is defined by new experiences of interaction with the help of technological advancements; hence space is defined more and more by information and experience. Projects like New Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco by Diller, Scofidio and Renfro H2O Pavilion by Lars Spuybroek are founded on these concepts of interaction, media and information. Hence they project inside to outside, to interact with environment, and extend the idea, the concept of space. Through proposals for World Trade Center Memorial Competition, we can observe the changes of spatial definition, and changing role of information. The immaterial elements and the information as the new immaterial fragment of space; define the void and interact with visitors. The eight contestants/projects define the tragic void, the space by representing information though immaterial elements. The aim of this paper is to examine “new” immaterial layer of information through space that contain media of interactive information technology.

Keywords: Immateriality, Interaction, Space, Information, Information Technology, Architecture

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.31-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.152MB).

Ozlem Kandemir

Research Assistant, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Ozlem Kandemir is research assistant at Faculty of Architecture of ITU, Istanbul, Turkey; and Phd cand. in Architectural Design in ITU. Research interests focuses on Architectural design, information technology, design processes, interactivity, immateriality, modernity, and science fiction movies.

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