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Collective Intelligence in Design: New Forms of Distributed Practice and Design (Architectural Design) [Paperback]

Christopher Hight , Chris Perry

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13 Oct 2006 Architectural Design (Book 30)
Exploring how today’s most compelling architecture is emerging from new forms of collaborative practice, this title of AD engages three predominant phenomena: architecture’s relationship with digital and telecommunication technology; the media; and economies of globalisation. The articles in the issue explore the relationship between these readings and examine, for the first time, the implications of these phenomena upon forms of architectural invention and production. While much attention has been focused upon the influence of digital media on architectural form and technique, little has examined its far broader implications for forms of architectural practice. Yet, as with modernism and the professionalization of architecture at the end of the 19 th century and the rise of architectural corporations in the mid–20 th century, the future of architectural design will inevitably depend upon reconfigurations of architectural authorship.

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Exploring how today;s most compelling design is emerging from new forms of collaborative practice and modes of collective intelligence, this title of AD engages two predominant phenomena: design′s relationship with new information and telecommunication technologies, and new economies of globalisation. With the shift from the second machine age to the age of information, the network has replaced the assembly line as a pre–eminent model of organisation. With this shift has come the assembly line as a pre–eminent model of organisation. With this shift has come the introduction of numerous alternative modes of social, economic and political organisation in the form of peer–to–peer networks and open–source communities. this has radically altered conventional models of collective invention, as well as challenging received notions of individual authorship and agency, questioning the way in which traditional disciplines organise themselves. This reorganisation is apparent with in architectural practice, as well as within its participation in a greater cultural context of increasing interdisciplinarity. For the design disciplines, this includes the emergence of new forms of collective intelligence in a number of different fields including architecture, software and interaction design, gaming, motion typography and product design. Collective Intelligence in Design takes in contributions from: AlUm Studio, CONTINUUM (working with the Smart Geometry Group and Bentley Systems), Servo, Hernan Diaz–Alonso and Benjamin Bratton, Open Source Architecture, MIT′s Media Lab and United Architects. Additionally, the issue features essays from a diverse pool of academics and designer,s including Alexander Galloway and Eugene Thacker, Michael Hensel, Therese Tierney, Pia Ednie–Brown and Brett Steele, as well as an extensive interview with Michael Hardt, an influential thinker on the subject of contemporary globalisation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking about the future. 16 Feb 2007
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Architectural Design is a magazine in book form that consistently pusheds the state of the art in design, nominally in architectural, but in reality all kinds of design. In this issue the general subject is taking advantage of the communications capability of the internet for collective or collaborative design efforts. A lot of the discussion is not specific to architecture, but is on the general developments in social, economic and political organization in the form of peer-to-peer networks and communities.

The articles here typically represent the absolute state of the art as it exists today. As such, they serve only as an inkling of what might be there in the future. Examples: Working with Wiki - Wiki from the Hawaiian word for quick - are on line platforms where anyone can make entries without supervision. The Grid - a worldwide collection of computers of (generally) extremely high performance that allow huge problems to be approached. At this time the Grid is quite small, only a handful of supercomputer centers, but it promises to change many of the ways we have approached computing.
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