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The Augmented Environment: Informational Imperative for a Digital Ecology of the Architectural. (2014)

TESIS: (Thesis)

Title: The augmented environment: informational imperative for a digital ecology of architecture. (2014)

  • Author(s): Eduardo Roig Segovia.
  • Director(s): Atxu Amann Alcocer.
  • Summary: This thesis is in addition to theoretical attempts to clarify the imprint of the digital domain in the architectural. It proposes a critical mapping to reconstruct the process of such convergence considering those revealing events that have guided it. The integration of the digital extension itself information and communication technologies in the traditional architectural context has led to the advent of a complex artificial ecosystem. This reality or concurrent process is called the Enhanced Environment. The main line of research explores the development of human-machine interaction, in convergent synchronous trajectories. The analysis is therefore addressed from the consideration of this dual nature, simultaneously taking into account the humanization of the digital domain or how computing adapts to the natural condition of human beings, and to the digitization of the human being or how it assumes the digital imperative. The analysis is vertebrate from the panoptic condition of the observation point of the event: the fourth wall, understood as a screen and turning point that structures the convergence of the physical and digital environments. The reflection on the construction of the Augmented Environment seeks the verification of the thesis, which is central to this research: the dimensional multiplication of the physical place through its extension with an informational field from the domain and its effects on building the new digital ecology typical of the Augmented Environment. This circumstance occurs after the onset of the Digital Revolution in the second half of the twentieth century, the consequent increase in the interaction between digital and physical environments, and the scope of a higher level of communication in architectural processes. The symptoms of the Enhanced Environment are noticed in our contemporaneity; in that sense, the thesis reaches a diagnosis of change. The fracture and obsolescence of the space-time limit established by the historical dichotomies private-public, house-city, work-leisure, etc., or the validity of the procedural project are some of its consequences in the way of addressing discipline Architectural.
  • Abstract: This thesis is added to the theoretical attempts to clarify imprint of the digital domain in architecture. It proposes a critical cartography to reconstruct the process of such convergence considering those revealing events that have set it. The integration of the own digital extension the technologies of the information and the communication in the traditional architectonic context has supposed the advent of a complex artificial ecosystem. This reality or concurrent process is called the Increased Environment. The main research line explores the development of human-machine interaction, in convergent synchronic trajectories. The analysis is therefore addressed from the consideration of that dual nature, attending simultaneously to the humanization of the digital domain or how the computer adapts to the natural condition of being human, and to the digitalization of the human being or how it assumes the digital imperative. The analysis is vertebrate from the panoptic condition of the observation point of the event: the fourth wall, understood as a screen and inflection point that structures the convergence of the physical and digital environments. The reflectionen on the construction of the Augmented Environment seeks the verification of the thesis, which is central to this research: the dimensional multiplication of the physical location through its extension with an informational field from the digital domain, and its effects on the construction of the new digital ecology of the Increased Environment. This circumstance occurs after the outbreak of the Digital Revolution in the second half of the 20th century, the consequent increase in the interaction between the digital and physical environments, and the reach of a higher level of communication in architectural processes. The symptoms of the Augmented Environment are noticeable in our contemporaneity; In this sense, the thesis reaches a diagnosis of change. The fracture and obsolescence of the space-time limit established by the historical private-public dichotomies, house-city, work-leisure, etc., or the validity of the procedural project are some of its consequences in the way of approaching the architectural discipline.
  • Link: http://oa.upm.es/25540/

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