RealSpace in QuickTimes: Essay

RealSpace in QuickTimes

or: Can architecture go Digit-all?

by Ole Bouman

The thing about paradigm shifts is that they can only be identified as such in retrospect. Only when the storm has died down is it possible to say whether the introduction of new technologies, changes in the conditions under which people work and the readjustment of existing ways of thinking, has led to a genuine change in the prevailing world view. So whether the digitization of architecture will in fact lead to new views as to what constitutes architecture, remains to be seen.

At the same time, the introduction of digital design technologies, the manipulation of experience by architecture-integrated (micro)electronics integrated in the architecture and the simulation of spatial experiences in virtual reality installations, are attended already by the unabashed celebration of a cultural revolution of unprecedented magnitude that is set to take place 'in the near future'. Going about our day-to-day lives we would still be recognized by our classical forefathers, but in our heads we have long been living in Cyberia.

Bearing all this in mind, it is possible to discern two trends in the reactions to the multimedia revolution. On the one hand the aprés moi le deluge attitude; on the other hand the bonfire of the cybernauts. Is there any alternative?

graphic by Renévan Raalte


This is the complete text of the book 'RealSpace in QuickTimes : architecture and digitization' by Ole Bouman. Translation from Dutch to English: Robyn de Jong-Dalziel. The book is available in English, Dutch, and Italian. A CDROM is also added. Parts were published earlier in Archis (monthly magazine for Architecture, Urbanism, and Visual Arts).

Publisher of book: NAi Publishers, Rotterdam
Purchase Information: local bookstore or NAi Publishers
address: Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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©Ole Bouman, Amsterdam, 1996
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last modified april 9th 1996 by Just Schimmelpenninck