Authors/Contributors

James Utterback

Document Type

Thesis Prep

Publication Date

2009

Degree

M.ARCH I

Keywords

screenspace, digital, distraction, non-space, technology, media

Language

English

Disciplines

Architecture | Communication Technology and New Media

Description/Abstract

"By 2012 the 4G 'Anytime, Aywhere' digital age will be upon us and the air will be loaded with new possibilities for those with the hardware to tap into it. In the latter half of the 20th century, screen-mediated technologies generated an abundance of hybrid local/peripheral places. Movie screens, televisions, and computers challenged notions of privacy, location, and place by stretching people across the screen and into the screenspace. Where screens became pervasive the architecture became passive, often acting as an experiential shield from the local space, wholly privileging the space of the screen over the context in which we receive it...

"Finding equally unsatisfactory the transformation of the architect into computer programmer or designer of frames, I will grab hold of Allen's projective spirit and pursue an appropriation of the technologies of distraction, hereby re-termed technologies of extension, in order to bring together the local and the peripheral into an interactive and simultaneous space."

Additional Information

Advisors: Brian Lonsway / Brendan Moran