Indeed, in the present moment, where the question of space is itself being
revised under the influence of digital technologies, as Michael Benedikt has
shown, it becomes even more important to develop a critical practice of

spatial technological history. For the new technologies are more than simply

Reception Area, Technology Centre, SETsquared,...

Reception Area, Technology Centre, SETsquared, University of Surrey (Photo credit: jisc_infonet)

shifts in representational techniques.
Anthony Vidler (1999: 485)
To go beyond the spatial theories and designs of the 20th century, and to define the conception of
space in contemporary architecture, digital spaces that are the outcomes of computer science
and information technologies, are significant. They did not exist before the mid-1970s. Compared
to the history of architecture, which is almost as long as the history of humanity, this is a relatively
short period. However, the changes in the discipline in the second half of the 20th century,

especially in the last quarter, it is possible to say, are more than the changes that took place in a

few centuries. The traditional understanding of space-making is being transformed through the

changes in technology as well as in daily life. Vidler explains the spatial transformation as follows
(2000: 243-44):
… the infinite mutability, the seemingly endless permutations and rotations of

digital constructions, the speed of virtual travel within the image, not to
mention the complexity of the networks of communication themselves, all lead

to the suspicion that some transformation in subject hood is under way, … the

relations between image and experience have nevertheless been changed

beyond recognition within the processes, if not the outer forms, of spatial
design (Vilder, 2000: 243-44).


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