© 2005


Architectural Speculations


Part of the Young Architects book series (ARCHITECTS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 3-11
  2. Anne Rieselbach
    Pages 13-17
  3. Pages 18-19
  4. Fernando Romero
    Pages 20-45
  5. Pages 46-71
  6. Pages 72-97
  7. Pages 98-123
  8. Pages 124-149
  9. Pages 150-175

About this book


Stan Allen Architect; Dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University The title of this year’s Young Architects competition derives from the language of the computer program. “If. . . then” is the contingent phrase built into the architecture of programming. With its origins in mathematical reasoning, it is the logical gate that indicates distinct pathways through the intricate structure of the computer algorithm. As such, it signals that architecture is entering a new phase in its complex relationship to digital technology. The definitive history of architecture’s relationship to the computer has yet to be written, but it would necessarily start with technology transferred from the military and engineering disciplines in the immediate postwar period. In recent decades, as the computer’s impact has shifted from the purely te- nical, it is possible to discern three distinct phases in architecture’s ongoing efforts to come to terms with what is still an evolving technology. In the first stage, under the influence of cyberpunk and deconstruction, the engagement with digital technology was primarily metaphorical. As access to the Internet expanded in the 1980s, many architects were fascinated by the potential of networked interconnectivity and fluid personal identity promised by this em- gent technology. The problem was that in reality available computer techno- gies were slow and expensive.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title if...then
  • Book Subtitle Architectural Speculations
  • Series Title Young Architects
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Princeton Architectural Press 2005
  • Publisher Name Princeton Archit.Press
  • eBook Packages Architecture and Design Engineering (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-56898-512-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-56898-656-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 175
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 350 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Architects
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