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_id caadria2003_b7-2
id caadria2003_b7-2
authors Schank-Smith, Kendra
year 2003
title Festina Lente and the Digital World
source CAADRIA 2003 [Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia / ISBN 974-9584-13-9] Bangkok Thailand 18-20 October 2003, pp. 951-962
summary In this paper, I would like to explore a comparison of the issues of quickness and festina lente as metaphoric or analogous for the computer and its use. Computers in the twenty first century are a vital part of architecture whether used for conception or realization. We as architects and educators must cont inually question their use in the design process and their appropriateness for visualization. We can know and understand more about the role of computers in our discipline, by seeing them in relation to ideas of quickness and festina lente. Italo Calvino in Six Memos for the Next Millennium defines quickness as having several qualities, the most important being economy of expression, time as relative, swift reasoning and consciousness. This involves quickness as being both 'intelligent and witty,' a matter of physical speed versus speed of the mind. The dichotomy of swiftness and slowness may help us question how these two elements are not necessarily adverse but rather by being understood together, they may help us better appreciate the strengths of the computer in architecture.
series CAADRIA
email ksmith@arch.utah.edu
last changed 2003/12/02 06:47

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