VOLUME 39: FOUNDATIONS & DISRUPTIONS
Technology is the answer—but what was the question?
Just 20 years ago, Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of the MIT Media Lab, anticipated that the post-information age would remove the limitations of geography. Digital living, he said, would allow transmission of place itself. (1) This prediction that technology would destroy distance and that our physicality would lose relevance did not hold true; rather, it expanded the meaning of physical space by making it more complex and inseparable from its digital dimension. (2)
The translation of the built environment into digital information—through robotics, big data, and smart