33. will architecture respond to these rapidly changing

33. Critically evaluate the impact of new technologies and theories of technologies on architectural and/ or urban/ city design, architecture and urban/city theories.  Introduction: ‘whenever we get swept up in the self-reinforcing momentum and seductive logic of some new technology, we forget to ask what else it might be doing, how else it might be working and who ultimately benefits most from its appearance’ radical technologies page 309. This quote taken from the book ‘Radical Technologies’ sets the scene for the discussion within this essay. This essay will demonstrate critical architectural thinking to a wider pool of technologies and evaluate how these individually and collectively are impacting architectural design and theories. This essay will also demonstrate how connected these technologies are and the collective impact on architectural design through the case study wiki house.  In a world with cryptocurrencies, autonomous vehicles and advanced portable digital devices we find architecture lost amongst these? Maybe. The architects position is ever shifting and evolving both in the physical and virtual world. Today we  witness a global transition into a post-industrial world where the distribution of ideas has never been so easy. Jeremy Rifkin, an economist, suggests how this world might be formed. He describes this a post-industrial world where not just information is distributed but also physical atoms. As we move into a 3rd industrial revolution. 1 global network.  Decision Algorithms are to some extent displacing the human thought. Architecture a collaboratve affair with an increasing audience participation.  age of community fab labs, research fab labs, and more commonly personal fab labs.  Our built environment changes depending on social, economic and political factors. Nearly every aspect of our lives is customisable with relative ease, the background picture on your device or how we order a motor vehicle. How will architecture respond to these rapidly changing technologies?  Alastair Parvin, the founder of Wiki House, an open sourced construction method, suggests that architects only serve a small proportion of the population around 1% where did he get this figure from? If not backing then he ‘claims’ what does he mean by this what population and how do architects serve them?. Architecture is a custom build profession. It always will be but there is a possibilty for mass customisation. Open source software is allowing for mass customisation cheaply and accessably. Henry ford le crob didn’t work ( qucik sentence) but now we can see a distributed world where that can happen and how does that effect architeecture. what do you mean by this? that now has the tools such as…. to fabricate ideas both physically and virtually more rapidly and with higher accuracy. The  boundary between the author and audience is increasingly blurred as collaboration becomes more commonplace. Person can not draw, has little design literacy goes to architect blank canvas, now have pinnterest and more infrormation to provied the architect, is this a good thing?Other industries such as car design allow full involvement within the design of their new cars. – quote from one of the books – think the 2003 red cover one. Refabricating architecture.  Need to write something about the potential of this in architecture to conclude the introduction. Architects shouldn’t ignore what other pprofessions are doing with user participation, the public believe they should be part of this like they aree in other industries, either it needs to be explained that it is more philosophical or there needs to be an elementof user participation. Technology and architectural theory in the 20th century & turn of the 21st century  It is important to understand how architectural design and theories have been impacted by new technologies throughout the 20th century. The book rethinking technologies provides a series of pivotal essays in explaining how technology has been theorised in the 20th century. Architecture has historically been able to link new technologies together to change how architecture is theorised and practiced. For example, in Le Corbusier’s book ‘towards a new architecture’ he describes the mass production of housing linking his thinking to that of Henry Ford. The issue being that architecutre is a custom build profession. we see however today that this is changing with theories of mass


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