The following essay by Pierre Cutellic was first published by Volume Magazine in their 49th issue, Hello World! You can read the Editorial of this issue, Going Live, here. The relevant revolution today is the current electronic one. Architecturally, the symbol systems that electronics purveys so well are more important than its engineering content. The most urgent technological problem facing us is the humane meshing of advanced scientific and technical systems with our imperfect and exploited human systems, a problem worthy of the best attention of architecture's scientific ideologues and visionaries. —Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Steven Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas It is almost always relevant to put the emergence of significant architectural discourses in perspective of other contemporary societal events, particularly since the latter tend to become a pre-text of the former. But what happens if such events fail to meet their own expectations? We might then find ourselves in front of a sign of the times yet to come, or a Zeitgeist in the making.
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