our project: material and media

The distinct design and spatial experience of the Seattle Central Library has generated a great deal of critical, industrial and popular discourse as evidenced and embodied in documents from a wide-range of sources, in many different mediums, and circulating in a wide variety of social-cultural contexts.

Therefore, we have tried in this project, to assemble materials from various sources, “an information storehouse, orchestrating the coexistence of all available technologies” (Koolhas, referring to the future of libraries) .

Furthermore, the conscious decision was made to select representative examples from each different media, somehow reflecting the idea, argued by Koolhaas, that in the past the main concern was to find information, in the future it will be to select information.

Through the examples on these blog pages and the accompanying mini-essays, we attempt to critically address issues raised by the massive diffusion of this building through multiple media and to establish a connection between architecture and its representations via the topics discussed throughout the quarter in our seminar. We’ve give particular attention to issues of techno-determinism, code, embodiment and the cultural embedment of architecture.

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