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6 CICLO. I progetti della modificazione  | Interconnessioni dinamiche. Strutture gerarchiche e modelli intelligenti



Il Cambiamento del Concetto di Spazio

Spazio Organo, Spazio Sistema, Spazio Informazione


Lo spazio al centro


Lo spazio organo



Lo Spazio Sistema



Lo spazio informazione


L'ultima parte del Libro Architettura e Modernità descrive le ricerche più avanzate in architettura in rapporto alla Rivoluzione Informatica.

Vedi presentazone in Locale Oppure in Rete

An intellectual walk

1. Industrial city / versus Information city, key differences

2. The Changing Notion of Time | 3. The Changing Notion of Space

4. The Prothesis | 5. Looking Inside | 6. Time to Define Space |

7. What Is Space | 8. Space as Information | 9. Crisis Modernity and Information Technology |

| 10. New IT Paradigms | 11. Works


1. Industrial city / versus Information city key differences

Assembly Line vs Network
i.e. zoning vs anti zoning

Piet Mondrian -Broadway Boogie Woogie 1942-43; Oil on canvas, 127 x 127 cm; The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Rauschenberg, Persimon, 1964

Chain vs Nets

Le Corbusier, Plan Voisin, paris 1935 Michael Najjar "The Invisible citry" 2004.

Video Clip della serie Netropolis 2003-2006


in front versus in between

Mies | Eisenman

the far west versus nature and "ecotechnics"



Guarda film in you tube



2. Il Cambiamento della Nozione di tempo

:.n, il MODELLO...

Information is structured through electronics into models that have a continually modifiable and re-shapable form. These are real information trees with parts that can also be hierarchically connected. This means that by modifying a lower part of the tree, the repercussions are ramified to the entire upper structure. Architecture is called upon to look deeply even “inside” this IT model in order to understand it, to utilize its most profound rules and peculiar characteristics, to write with its own means a chapter in the transformation of these past few decades.


Luigi Moretti In Mariella Tesse Graduation Thesis Saggio Advisor" La Sapienza go

The challenge facing us is not only one of creating an architecture that is narrative and metaphorical, as is part of all today’s architecture, but how to create an architecture that can incorporate this complex, interrelated, changing and extremely dynamic level that characterizes the fulcrum of the IT paradigm. The real problem, as always, is not of a technical nature, (easy and almost banal), but rather an esthetic nature. How do we work with an architecture that has the “awareness” of being part of information technology? What is the esthetic sense of the IT Revolution?



3. La reificazione


We are accustomed to representing architecture already built. To designing (or measuring) the pyramids or a Renaissance palace to put back on paper something we know as a real object already existing in space. But have we ever asked ourselves the reverse? In other words, how and how much a real object might 'resemble' the method that its contemporaries had of representing it? Perhaps this question would reveal the fact that it is knowledge itself that is 'represented' in the architectural object. The basic rules of trigonometry are illustrated in the pyramids; a calculation based on geometry (and not the tiring Roman numerals I, II, III, IV) is at the basis of the Pantheon; the loss of geometrical-arithmetical ability is evident in the cavernous and unsteady interior of a Romanesque church; without the lines and rules of perspective there would be no 'ordered' Renaissance palace, and without the circles of a compass, the curves of San Carlino or Sant'Ivo would never have taken shape. Finally, if we 'also' consider the tool, we get a clue to understanding how certain senses of space were born.
From AS Preface Flyng Carpets, in Bruce Lindsey Digital Gehry,Birkhauser  2001



aa I, II, III, IV ????



See Mathland preface >


4. The Prothesis

Lo strumento come crisi



Looking Inside


Steve (Jobs) looking inside a chip in 1976

refer also to James James Hockney "Secret Knowledge"

Thames and Hudson and to two serious AS's Sindromes Borromini >, video > Caravaggio >


Public quest
Where is my diploma as one of first 10,000 buyer as CMU grad student of my MAcintosh 128 K personally signed by Steve?


6. Time to Define Space


Time – A property created by God together with the universe (Saint Augustine).


1. The Extrusion process
2. The different sub systems
3 An experiment
4. Jump


The Key for us is NOT the modernist idea that "exists" an Objective Reality (objectively described in three dimension) to whic we add a forth dimension (time). But exactly the opposite idea. That Space and Time interchange their roles and presence at all dimensions.

Starting from teh zero dimension going up to further dimensions

"Time is a property Created by God together with the Universe" Saint Agustin (Sant'Agostino)


Magnificientt Universe >>>



7. What Is Space


Choi, Won-Jung, "Why not here: murung dowan", 2006 >



8. Space as Information

Flim di Novak

Marcos Novak, Invisible space, Venice Biennale

Does color really exists?



a. perception of colour. Psycology of perception






this refers also to transparency






Walte Gropius Bauhaus, Dessau | Jean Nouvel, Cartier Foundation, Paris


2. Physiological


Picture by Andrew Davidhazy


3. Cognitive


What colour is the ice?


What color is the sky?

To Italy

Who knows the land where the sky
of inexpressible blue colours itself? ....

Inexpressible blue!



Chi conosce la terra dove il cielo
d’indicibile azzurro si colora?
dove tranquillo il mar con l’onda sfiora
rovine del passato?
dove l’alloro eterno ed il cipresso
crescon superbi? dove il gran Torquato
cantò? dove anche adesso
ne la notte profonda
i canti suoi va ripetendo l’onda?
la terra ove dipinse Raffaello,
dove gli ultimi marmi
animò di Canova lo scalpello
e Byron rude martire ne’ carmi
dolore, amore effuse e imprecazione?
Italia, terra magica, gioconda
terra d’ispirazione!

Aleksandr Puskin



Now let's make a decisive step: but if the colour does not exist in reality and it exists only contextually, we should   understand that the colour is one type of "information". True information!, as we have already defined that is: "application of a convention to one data". In this case the data is the electromagnetic radiation, while colour is nothing more than a psychological, physical and conventional use of information! Red wants to say stop, green go, but only in some contexts and some conventions.




8. Space as Information

Now look at this picture


What about radio signals ?



And air jet routes





Santa Sofia


Space is information we can design and change its properties, values and characteristics, and we can also manipulate it to have some kind of projection of other dimensions


Steven Spilberg, Minority report

And today a reality


see developments on transparent glass and glasses



Arduino, another bottom up project



Finally space

And now we are ready to directly discuss the issue of space. Does space really exist? At this point in our discussion, the answer is obvious: it exists and it does not exist. Matter exists, not space. Space is absolutely dependent on the context and on the physical characteristics of the receiver. Perhaps the space that is known to a bat is "equal" to ours? A bat does not see but it sends sonorous waves like a radar. Is the space that the bat lives in like ours? Or it is effectively a different one?. Imagine   a small worm that goes around our same room. The worm knows only two dimensions   because it just "strips" (slivers?). Is it's space equal to the space that we see from our third dimension? And naturally let's think of fish that only live in aquatic space.   How can they conceive, from the depths of the sea,   the notion of mountains elevated so high to the point of snowfall?

In summary, if with Copernico we have understood that   the earth is not at all the center of the universe, even though it appears to be our our point of view,, it must also be understood that the three dimensions that men experience are NOT the center of anything. We do not live at all in a kind of three-dimensional bubble in which everything is located   and that we and our bodies watch and control. On the contrary, other spaces exist- other informative worlds! They are a series of parallel worlds that coexist although there are some channels, some passages, some small openings and some "projections" between these various worlds.

However, also the man when is put in a different conditions "sees" and experience space in completely different way. Lately I have spoken with the Italian astronaut, the colonel Roberto Vittori. Vittori describes space in the conditions of microgravity as completely different from the space we are accustomed to. A space in which one floats is a radically different one: it is a space full of possibility and of gorges and above all   it is a space to be used physically and therefore cognitively differently.

For this reason I refer as a key image of this text (fig. 0) the Church of Saint Sofia in Istanbul. One can see in the image the large room under the main cupola as it was designed in half of the picture and in the remaining   half occupied by an enormous scaffolding. The scaffolding can be read as an enormous matrix. In this case the matrix is physical, but imagine it as a virtual and electronic one. Sensors can in fact describe the points of the matrix-scaffolding and, activating these hidden but existing points of the space, various information can be placed (as Tom Cruise made Minority report). Imagine being able to experience   (?) space floating like an astronaut. Or think,   more simply, how space is experienced by a pigeon that enters that basilica and knows the gorges, the hidden places. It should be clear that space is a space-information absolutely dependent on the contextual, physical and cognitive principles we described above. Space exists only in the measure in which these three levels are effectively practicable by the receiver.

As Einstein wrote - (2) the most sensitive thing to say something about space it is time (I don't understand this sentence) (the most sensitive topic is that of space and time?)(and on this aspect much we have constructed). Einstein refers to physics, if we must approach space from our human point of view and to dare to add something to the concept of space, it is that "space is information'. Among other things space changes continuously and it is, even literally,   " in   formation".

Space does not exist as such. It is the application of a convention to the data of the matter. On the other side, the historical and scientific mutations of the concepts of space on which in other occasions we have written, is further evidence of the same argument (3).

Here we would like stop ourselves because it seems to us to have reached the point. It follows some obvious consequence for the architects who are interested in the research of Information technology. If the information is the raw material of this historical phase, and if the space itself is information, how can one design this new conscience? The first aspect of the answer is: "increasing its cognitive and contextual" characteristic. As we know,   technology can be used like as a tool to augment reality. How can one design to render a way to perceive dimensions that are beyond our normal 3 dimensions and our limits?. The entire history of   technology points in this direction with the artificial prosthesis that creates and expands our cognition and physical limits. As it is known, in the last physical elaborations of micro particles and in new molecular reactors,   time goes   backwords, but also the Internet is an incredible prosthesis, i.e. an incredible example of amplification to cognitive and experiential knowledge. The future development of architecture will be part of this process. The prostheses most powerful today, from the Internet to the nano technologies that concurs with the materials to the change of colour, density, characteristics go in this direction. And then, as always, there is the great topic of the interactivity and of the dynamic interconnections to which we often return and to which we have briefly fore mentioned.. The interactivity of architecture, is the natural catalyst because if space is information it most also hold true that with the exact dynamics of interconnections of   electronics this consciousness may move far beyond our presently known dimensions and limits.

(from A.S. The IT Revolution in Architecture, Thoughts on a Paradigm Shift, 2008 >)


Tecno Primitivo

project by designer in charge Emanuele Tarducci with C. Ampolo built in May 2007 at Giardino Sonoro, Florence experimental Sound Garden by Lorenzo Brusci e S. Passerotti "Il Giardino Sonoro" Florence >





Installation Tecno Primitive >>

tecnoprimitivepeople film map

on Postural Tecno Primitive Local > You Tube >





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