By Therese Tierney
This visually attractive, conceptually wealthy and creative ebook investigates the cultural connection among new media and architectural imaging. via a number of fabric, from theoretical texts to experimental layout initiatives, Tierney explores notions of what the architectural snapshot ability today.
Within the book’s visually resourceful layout framework, summary house engages discourses from structure, visible and cultural experiences to computing device technological know-how and communications expertise to provide an in-depth multi-media case learn. Tracing a provisional heritage of the subject, the publication additionally lends a provocative and multivalent knowing to the complicated kinfolk affecting the architectural photograph this present day.
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Both of these resulted in an unprecedented dematerialization of the art object. This ontological crisis of representation is crucial to an understanding of one of the resistances that architecture has had toward new forms of media expression. Traditionally, architects represented an idea in a drawing, and then the drawing was represented in a building. Although the drawing had documentary status, it needed to be further translated into another medium, that is to say, into material form. If in actuality architects only construct ideas and the design evolves dynamically as a process, then all expressions, in whatever media, are a record of the process.
These notions were disseminated through architectural treatises during the late Renaissance, primarily Alberti’s On Painting and On the Art of Building. Architecture’s alignment with a quantitative visual ordering system spatially privileged a Cartesian rationality derived from one-point perspective, which is to say, one way of looking at the world. The viewing apparatus of perspective also worked on the assumption that space was inherently static, that it existed as a background or substratum for geometrically described objects fixed within it.
Page 53 Formulating abstraction By mid-century, with few exceptions, the architectural discourse lagged behind the internal art debate as a result of the post-World War II expansion. Much of it was due to the fact that the architectural discipline had to contend with a severe housing shortage and new construction methods. While isolated moments of critique and experimentation existed—such as the Situationists or Canbera—the majority of architects were preoccupied with the demands of a rapidly expanding economy.