Marche J L, 2001, "The space of the surface" Environment and Planning A 33(12) 2205 – 2218
Download citation data in RIS format
The space of the surface
Jean La Marche
Received 23 October 2000; in revised form 26 June 2001
Abstract. In this paper I examine how notions of the surface are being reconstituted in architectural theory and practice. Specifically, I contrast how modernist-influenced theory treated surfaces with how some architectural theorists today are beginning to think about them. Whereas modernist theory saw surfaces as dedicated to the expression of interior volume, recent interactive technologies such as 'smart walls' mean that surfaces no longer are fixed but can, instead, be changed in ways that are beyond the control of the architects who designed the structures of which they are a part. This means that surfaces are much less predictable and much more subject to transformation by individual users than in the past. Such a technological revolution, I argue, is 'de-authorizing' architecture as it is understood in conventional, professional, and disciplinary terms, and is bringing about new conceptions of time and space in architectural practice.
Full-text PDF size: 1235 Kb
References 26 references, 1 with DOI links ()
Your computer (IP address: 126.96.36.199) has not been recognised as being on a network authorised to view the full text or references of this article. This content is part of our deep back archive. If you are a member of a university library that has a subscription to the journal, please contact your serials librarian (subscriptions information).