Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] hybrid city as interface

> Dear all,
> travelling around the Greek periphery, throughout small cities, I found it
> hard to participate in this –extremely interesting- discussion due, mainly,
> to connectivity issues. I couldn't help but wonder, if in this country, in
> the southeast of Europe, the 'space of flows' is far from a continuum, then
> what can be said about the actual process of urban hybridization?
> Having a more design-oriented background I was –and still remain-
> interested in the incorporation of interfaces in persistent architectural
> forms, such as buildings and especially public spaces, thinking this is a
> proper and rather efficient way to reach large groups of citizens and
> various social groups, without the need of rather expensive mobile devices
> and access to high bandwidth networks, that support some locative media.
> So, we went from urban screens, to fabrics, to membranes, to smart
> –building- skins, to projections and to any sort of manipulation of the
> available surfaces…
> … but what have we learned from Prada? As much as Lev Manovich (The Poetics
> of Augmented Space: Learning from Prada (2002),
> http://www.manovich.net/TEXTS_07.HTM) was optimistic while authoring 'The
> Poetics of Augmented Space', it can be claimed that after a cycle of
> experimentation, not much is left.
> Maybe it is a matter of the limitations of the screen, maybe it's due to
> the content that is displayed and how it is related to the actual
> architecture itself, its use and its internal processes, the majority of
> such interfaces don't succeed in intriguing the potential user out of her
> daily routine, to engage her in novel spatial experiences and interactions,
> and are gradually rendered invisible.
> So what's in store?
> Content in a surface is a retinal object and therefore is easily
> intelligible. Efforts towards a more invisible hybridization pose, yet
> again, questions that are very well articulated by Daphne in her 16/7
> contribution, about how can such projects be used to involve/address
> different social groups, other than a technologically privileged and
> advanced class.
> Kind regards,
> Iouliani Theona

Iouliani Theona
Architect/PhD Candidate
NTUA Athens
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