, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 113–122 | Cite as

Minor architecture: poetic and speculative architectures in public space

  • Xin Wei Sha

Computer science and software engineering has adopted the term “architecture” to describe the composition of large, complex sets of interoperating code that often contain multiple concurrent operations. “Software programmer”, “software engineer”, and “systems architect” denote an increasing scale of experience and ability to carry out systemic analysis and design. The status accorded to the software architect mimics in some ways the status accorded architects proper. On the lee-side of the tipping point where more media attention is paid to computer media and informatic technologies than to 20c media of cinema, radio, and television, it is easy to forget the enormous capital and power bound up in the industries of our physical built environment, and the intellectual and social prestige worn by its designers, the architects. This issue of AI & Society focuses on the encounter between the new potentials for architectural environment, the design of the built environment, and the emerging...


Public Space Computational Medium Architectural Scale Corporeal Experience Spatial Practice 
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I compliment the energetic group of artists and critics who participated in the Topological Media Lab’s soft architecture seminar over years 2007--2009. Together with the contributors, we are grateful for the intellectual and artistic companionship offered by fellow travelers including Ann-Marie Korpi, Helga Wild, Patrick Harrop, Ayesha Hameed, Gabriel Levine, Michael Fortin, Toni Dove, Madeline Gins and Shusaku Arakawa, Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, and members of the TML, the Dream and Nightmare Lab, and the SenseLab.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Topological Media LabEV-7-725, Concordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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