Foundations of Science

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 201-204

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Architecture and Technology: A Discontinuous Relation

  • Andrew BenjaminAffiliated withDepartment of Critical Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics, Director Research Unit in European Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Monash University Email author 

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Technology has a history structured by discontinuities. The first important philosophical expression of such a conception of technology was advanced by Walter Benjamin when he defined art works in relation to specific techniques of production. At the present art and architecture occur within an age defined by the move from ’technical reproducibility’ to digital reproducibility. The move has an impact on how technology is understood and its relation to architecture conceived. Adapting Walter Benjamin’s work in this area provides the basis for a response to Soren Riis’ important treatment of the relationship between architecture and technology in his paper “Dwelling in-between walls: the architectural surround”.


Digital reproducibility Philosophy and architecture Technology