Intelligent Environments: Spatial Aspects of the Information Revolution

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P. Droege
Elsevier, 1997 M03 20 - 727 pages
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The environment, as modified and created by people, is largely about the use of information, its generation and exchange. How do recent innovations in the technologies of information management and communication affect our use of space and place, and the way we perceive and think about our surroundings?

This volume provides an international, exploratory forum for the complex phenomenon of new information and communication technology as it permeates and transforms our physical world, and our relation to it: the architectural definition of our surrounding, geographical space, urban form and immediate habitats. This book is a reader, an attempt at registering disciplinary changes in context, at tracing subtexts for which most mainstream disciplines have no established language. The project is to give voice to an emerging meta-discipline that has its logic across the specializations.

A wide range of professionals and academics report findings, views and ideas. Together, they describe the architecture of a postmodern paradigm: how swiftly mutating the proliferating technology applications have begun to interact with the construction and reading of physical space in architecture, economics, geography, history, planning, social sciences, transport, visual art - but also in the newer domains that have joined this spectrum through the very nature of their impacts: information technology and telecommunications.

The space navigated in this volume is vast, both in physical terms and in its virtual and analogous form. It ranges from the space that immediately encompasses, or is simulated to encompass, the human body - as in buildings and virtual tectonics - to that of towns and regions. We stay clear of molecular-scale space, and of dimensions that are larger than earth.

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Intelligence Environment and Space
Chapter 21 The Art of Virtual Reality
Chapter 22 Hybrid Architectures and the Paradox of Unfolding
Arborescent Schemas
Chapter 24 The Declining Significance of Traditional Borders and the Appearance of New Borders in an Age of High Technology
Chapter 25 Language Space and Information
Both Real and Virtual
Chapter 27 Architecture Versus the New Media

The Direction of Causality
Chapter 9 Marketspace The New Locus of Value Creation
Chapter 10 Reinventing Democracy
An Intelligent Managerial Initiative
Electronic and Physical Links
Making the Connection
Chapter 14 Open Service Platforms for the Information Society
Chapter 15 Environmental Information for Intelligent Decisions
Chapter 16 Intelligence About Our Environment
Chapter 17 Cities as Movement Economies
Chapter 18 Electronics Dense Urban Populations and Community
Chapter 19 Paradoxes and Parables of Intelligent Environments
Chapter 28 Recombinant Architecture
Chapter 29 Immutable Infrastructure or Dynamic Architectures?
Chapter 30 Intelligent Building Enclosure as Energy and Information Mediator
Chapter 31 Computer City
Chapter 32 Interactive Strategies in Virtual Architecture and Art
Chapter 33 Hybrid Architectures MediaInformation Environments
An Environment for Electronic Manuscripts
Or Living Online with Others
About the Authors
About the Editor

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About the author (1997)

Professor Droege directs the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development, and is President, Eurosolar and General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy. He initiated the Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein while holding a Conjoint Professorship at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Newcastle, Australia. An inaugural member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize jury and Expert Commissioner at the World Future Council he served on the Steering Committee of the Urban Climate Change Research Network at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and CUNY. He taught and researched at MIT, held an Endowed Chair in Urban Engineering at at Tokyo University’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and Chair of Urban Design at Sydney University. He has authored/edited eight books.

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