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authors Van Berkel, Ben
year 1999
title Mediation
source AVOCAAD Second International Conference [AVOCAAD Conference Proceedings / ISBN 90-76101-02-07] Brussels (Belgium) 8-10 April 1999, pp. 41-46
summary New media have been successfully taken up in music, films, car design, fashion, magazine and book publishing, the sex industry, and education. Only architecture and urban design are slow to incorporate new media technologies. To some extent, architecture and mediation are locked into a conflicting, for the most part mutually excluding, relationship. At first sight this looks logical; architecture is a place, a real, once-only place, which you experience by visiting it. You do not experience architecture through dissolving a building and electronically replicating it a billion times in the air. But all technology is social before it becomes a technique; the technology of mediation needs to be more deeply incorporated within the practice of architecture, and to be more widely understood and supported before it can be fully exploited as a tool. This process is just beginning; as yet there is no fully evolved ideological scope which incorporates the new mediated position as an essential part of architecture. New mediation technologies have taken over some of the functions of buildings, such as security, surveillance, and communication with the outside, but these are not the most relevant aspects for the practice of architecture itself.
series AVOCAAD
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