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Body becoming architecture: A continuum for the body’s interface with architecture through digital networks

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationActing Bodies and Social Networks: A Bridge between Technology and Working Memory
PublisherUniversity Press of America
ISBN (Print)9780761849971
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010

Abstract

This paper is interested in articulating a continuum for how the body engages with architecture, and in turn how architecture is re-learning to engage with the body through the use of digital technology.

The paper identifies problems inherent in contemporary architecture, and in particular its commitment to material processes that inhibit the bodies relationship with a buildings form, structure and systems. The author maps how with the advent of networked digital systems, the walls and barriers that divide architecture and the body are de-materialising to offer new design spaces in which the separation between people and building is indistinguishable.

As a means of setting the scene, the paper begins by reflecting upon architecture’s method for alienating the construction process from a place during the design and build phase. This graphic ‘image’ establishes the conditions in which the author begins to explore how the body (personal and social) become excluded from the production of space in typical urban contexts. The author proceeds by stepping through six practical and theoretical processes that through the increasing use of digital networks begin to transform how we understand the distinction between body-space and architectural-space.

At the end of the paper the author presents an arts / science project in which the use of digital social networks are able to both recover architectures ability to provide people with a sense of place, and the body’s ability to traverse the boundaries that have alienated them from architectural spaces.

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