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Advanced Study in Critical Theory of Architecture — Digital Construction

This seminar will look at the rapid emergence of the digital and the digital imaginary in the last decade, and the historical and theoretical transitions from computation to algorithms, from the high-minded world of Computational Intelligence to pop-cultural imaginaries, from languages that proclaim the inevitable apotheiosis of reason to languages that embrace the necessities of seduction. What and where is the ‘architecture’ in all of this? We will study, among other things, the history of CATIA, Arata Isozaki’s computational surrealism, Delphi, the emergence of the post humanist cad monkey, The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1896, and onward to algorithmic urbanism (both rogue and real), BACON, span, Trojans, bots and clickstreams. At each stage of the seminar we will try to intertwine the historical with the philosophical. How can one frame the theoretical issues surrounding the techno-poetic? Students do not need to be computer experts.