Cyber-physical Architecture

Building-as-Apparatus or Cyber-physical Apparatization in/of Architecture will be published in Cyber-physical Architecture #2, 2018, which is a new section in Spool [SPOOL CpA] and will address the following topic:

Transitioning from mechanical and analogue electronics towards digital electronics, all facets of human society have undergone sweeping transformations not only in material production and economy but also in ideologies and worldviews. Along the way, the accelerating digitalisation has produced layers of complex apparatuses and vast arrays of interdependencies. Architecture is no exception in the tidal wave of changes.

The 2nd issue of Cyber-physical Architecture (CpA) will examine the notion of apparatus as an assemblage of various components, tools, and instruments that in combination produces exponential surplus beyond the linear sum of parts. More crucially, CpA #2 will expand on the Foucaudian sense of apparatus (dispositif) that addresses urgent needs and produces new rationalities. Computational apparatuses, first aimed at augmenting and extending human capacities, brought about profound changes not only to architecture but also to the cultural and social fabric. Today, buildings themselves have become apparatuses that perform complex series of functions ranging from automation to generation of meaning. Likewise, the work of architects demands a complex set of knowledge, tools, and techniques, which in combination produces apparatized conditions from conception to completion and to use.

The CpA #2 will explore the opportunities, challenges, and implications of building-as-apparatus in contemporary and future discourse of architecture. The theme apparatization pertains to: computational conception and design; design as a system of apparatuses; design-fabrication-operation methodologies; materiality, assembly, and management of design, construction, and operation of buildings; and as significantly, aesthetic ramifications stemming from such apparatized architecture and buildings.

Dr. Sang Lee & Dr. Henriette Bier, TU Delft (eds.