Ok, this is just way too awesome to not be posted. It’s like Interstellar, but without the narrative or humans. I suggest you put this on full screen and make sure you have your sound on – soundtrack choice is amazing. Thank you for the experience Julius Horsthuis.

Back in the days when Virtual Reality was still new and hip, Internet looked very different too. Take a look at this scene from “Johnny Mnemonic”:

I guess, back in the days of early cyberpunk the space of the Internet was visualized as an actual SPACE, so reminiscent of our urban space. The ease and speed of navigation in that space might have been a bit worse, but the “architecture” of it was just über-cool, don’t you think? In that Space it was still you, who moved towards a web-page, not the page that moved towards you. Thus, I assume the experience of “browsing” was totally different and was closer to flight.

I bet that space would have run into all the same spatial issues, as our real space does (like: how do you grow effectively and not end up on the outskirts? – literally). Would it have allowed for such randomness of inquiries and links, and the lightning-fast “hopping” from point A to point D, to point R as the current Internet allows? I don’t think so. It’s exactly the a-spatiality of the modern Internet that allows for its speed.

Nevertheless, the Internet of the 90’s looked awesome! May-be beef-up the graphics just a bit, but that’s about it..

Long live cyberpunk!

Have you seen the latest Lexus commercial yet? If not, go ahead and take a look:

All I see from this piece of  animation and cinematography is that humans love space! I understand that the commercial was heavily influenced by “Inception”, which is slowly becoming a movie with just as big of a gravitation as “Matrix”, but still. People just LOVE Space! They savor every (im)possible aspect of it! They dream of it and make movies about it! And they are also desperately frustrated by gravity, and take on every possibility to try to defy it.. This is something that I first noticed with Parcour, or Free-running as they call it in the States – you run and jump all around the city – conquer space in ways that your usual every-day spatial routines do not allow you to. Happy are those who can physically “afford” it – have the muscle that is!

For the rest of us, common mortals the only place we control space to the degree as the Lexus commercial so “pornographically” (as it might probably be put) demonstrates – is virtual reality. And the dream.

(The infamous scene of a zero gravity fight from “Inception”, that pretty much made the whole movie. Real action starts at apx 0:52)

For us, architects, this phenomenon is however something to seriously consider. Humans love Space! We (people) are craving to be able to experience and manipulate space to a maximum extent: we want to walk on the ceiling and want the city to transform itself according to our needs and desires. We want a truly three-dimensional space, because in our everyday life all we experience is actually a 2D with some minor extensions.. We are fed up with gravity and its limitations.. Architecture can fulfill the human craving for space. A truly three-dimensional Architecture. Not much Architecture is that. It is mostly slabs and columns. But the 3D in its extremes – is what people actually want. This is amusing! This is where I’d dare to say that any truly 3D Architecture will be successful – exactly because it satisfies the overwhelming human desire to conquer space – and the better and more sophisticated way we do it, the happier people get. And the more exciting the actual formal result!

At the same time, let’s face it, gravity will always be there. Unless we go “to the stars”… Outer space is an amazing domain for architecture. I bet some might even argue, that space is the end of architecture, because it gets rid of one of the defining aspects of Architecture – gravity (one might say, it’s “cheating” – neglecting gravitational influence on architecture). To me personally – it is an explosion of potency of architectural domain! An ultimate rejection of constraints, in which  the whole distinction between a floor and a wall ceases to exist – everything is a wall and everything is a floor. Exciting!

(An extract from “2001: A Space Odyssey”, start watching from 1:55)

But how exciting is it in the end? Architecture is oftentimes defined by a certain eroticism – you cannot get something that you see. Like when I look at the sloping walls of Casa da Musica in Porto – I want to walk them, but I can’t.. May-be this is exactly what keeps me coming back – the impossibility, but persistence of a certain “spatial desire”. A little bit of Freud for you… What would happen to Architecture, if we could walk the walls on a daily basis?

But still, it would be a blast!

Actually, if we think about it – sky jumping is not only about jumping, it’s about seeing the world from a different perspective, experiencing a different perception of space. Same with diving – a 3-dimensional world, where in addition to left/right there is also an up/down. And flying.. And mountaineering.. And many other things.

Architects: play with space; push it to its limits; make walls walkable in both figurative and literal sense, however you do it (go figure out!)! Humans Love it!

In reality – you travel towards an object, you walk around it, examine it. Real space itself is static, and it is your own movement that brings dynamism into it. In digital space, the object finds you. Not do you travel in space, but the space travels to and around you. Fake space. In the digital world there is no difference between “here” and “there”, “close” and “far”, because these categories just don’t apply. (more…)

“…When I come back from Amazonia I lose sense of time and sense of number, and perhaps sense of space,” he said. He forgets appointments. He is disoriented by simple directions. ” I have extreme difficulty adjusting to Paris again, with its angles and straight lines”… He had spent so long with people, the Munduruku [an indigenous amazonian tribe], who can barely count [and barely have any straight lines or angles in the forest they inhabit] that he lost the ability to describe the world in terms of numbers…”

quote from Alex Bellos, “Here’s looking at Euclid”, 2010, cpt.0, [with my own remarks]

Whatever an architect does, he always does it in space, in 3 dimensions, right?

Architecture is a spatial profession. Elevations and sections, etc. are only translations of space onto a 2D plane. The code, or script, I’ve writing about earlier – are only necessities for generating space. Or are they? May-be they actually are “the” architecture? (more…)

Source: http://reporter.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451d69069e2012876af3e2e970c-pi

3D cinema

It is remarkable to observe an increasing desire for 3-dimensionality in technology. Nowadays everybody wants to be in 3D. In cinemas tickets are being sold out for 3D movies in times as fast as for conventional 2D movies.

What is it that makes the 3 dimensional space, even if it’s fake, so desirable? (more…)