ACSA 101: NEW CONSTELLATIONS / NEW ECOLOGIES
March 21-24, 2013, San Francisco
Host School: California College of the Arts
Co-chairs: Ila Berman, California College of the Arts; Ed Mitchell, Yale University
July 2—Paper submission site opens
September 19—Paper submission deadline
These sessions will explore the intersection between interactive technologies and architectural space at a number of scales and interfaces. Sensing the City is geared primarily to one to one scale interactions that extend the sensible environment of the body through architectural interfaces, Media-scapes looks at the history and evolution of media and civic space and the recent impact of the social network on civic space, Living-Bits and Bricks investigates the technological interface between digital information and the scale and operation of the city, and Negotiated Territory solicits proposals which where resistance and negotiation are seen as constitutive rather than restrictive of the design process itself.
SENSING THE CITY
Session moderated by: Jason Kelly Johnson, California College of the Arts
For Marshall McLuhan the human sensorium was fundamentally conditioned by technology: “All media are extensions of some human faculty … the wheel is an extension of the foot; the book is an extension of the eye; clothing, an extension of the skin; electric circuitry, an extension of the central nervous system." But Kevin Kelly indicates that emerging interfaces imply a “wildness and some of the surprises that the wild entails. This, then, is the dilemma that all gods must accept: that they can no longer be completely sovereign over their finest creations." For Sanford Kwinter a “world emerges whose material, technical, and architectural manifestations— no longer simply objects, structures or “buildings” but indeed electro-material environments at all scales—manifest themselves in a soft, perhaps insidiously holographic, manner, a world where everything flows together in real time.” This session investigates these extended, amplified and enhanced nervous systems, responsive skins, and exchange terminals situated at the intersection of architecture, technology, public space, robotics, and digital fabrication at the immediate architectural scale.
The panel asks: how can invisible urban flows and processes become meaningful and tangible? How can a sensible material component or assembly weave into the infrastructure of buildings, streets or cities? When a building or environment evolves based on feedback, what are the implications, potentials or risks for architecture? What are the social, cultural, political, or ecological implications of these new soft, wild and responsive technologies?