ARC 619– Architecture in the Info Environment
Course No.: 22767
Semester: 2017 Fall
Location: Hayes Hall – 401
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday
Meeting Time: 11:00AM - 1:40PM
This seminar is the ﬁrst in a two-semester sequence that introduces relevant theoretical and historical models for
research in the design of Situated Technologies. It introduces students to the signiﬁcant ideas that deﬁne the information environment and how they concern architecture and urbanism. Taking a broad interdisciplinary approach the course draws texts from science, engineering, information theory, aesthetics, philosophy, sociology, media, art, architecture and urbanism. It includes primary texts as well as their interpretations, providing a critical examination of the ideas and their inﬂuence on technology and society.
The information environment refers to the ideas and artifacts produced by information and computing technologies (ICT) and their inﬂuence on social and cultural production. This critical reading seminar, roughly organized in historical progression, will explore a series of themes that intersect ICT development, architecture and urbanism. We will study some of the important concepts that have inﬂuenced the technological imagination and how they continue to frame the debate on technological progress. We will also explore what it means to situate technologies and how the architectural imagination can provide us with the resources to question technological determinism.