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Exploring the Identities of Digital Processes in Architectonic Context

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (non peer-reviewed)
Author Savic Selena,
Project Architecturality: How Space is Organised by Computation
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Original article (non peer-reviewed)

Journal Digicult
Page(s) 00 - 00
Title of proceedings Digicult

Open Access


What do algorithms and digital objects have to do with architecture? At what grounds is the digital affecting our surrounding and our approach to designing it? Many theorists had an attempt at commenting, revealing or creating a connection between algorithms and architectural design. This often resulted in metaphors of computational processes describing reconfigurations of structural, organizational and spatial experiences. These descriptions are informed by architecture and media theory and sociology of technology. In this text, I examine three core concepts of algorithmic phenomena, as claims of spatial consequences of computation. I will discuss prominent concepts such as Keller Easterling‘s “active form” as a way to address algorithms that orchestrate urban design; Luciana Parisi’s “soft thought” as a way to acknowledge the reality of algorithms and contagious architecture they are creating; Benjamin Bratton’s “layer in the Stack” as a way to talk about the way computation inhabits and (re)organizes space.