Architecture Theory

  • Chair of Architecture Theory - Spacefighter: The evolutionary city (game) - MVRDV/DSD - in collaboration with BERLAGE INSTITUTE, MIT and cThrough

    Spacefighter: The evolutionary city (game) - MVRDV/DSD - in collaboration with BERLAGE INSTITUTE, MIT and cThrough
    W Maas, A. Graafland, C Pinilla, A van Bilsen and B. Batstra, Actar Press, 2007
    Delft School of Design Series on Architecture and Urbanism

    The Spacefighter is a cooperation of DSD together with Winy Maas. The project stems from the former project of The Thinktank; Problems & Perspectives and from MVRDV's Region Maker; Planning, politics and urban development.

    We don‘t know exactly when technological innovations will happen. When did we imagine that we could fly? Whoever thought it was possible to directly communicate? For centuries the speed of communication was limited by the travelling speed of the messenger holding this message. And all of a sudden “instant” communication and trade were possible in the second half of the 19th century. When did we think the computer would appear, when the internet, when wireless connections, etcetera?

    Yet there are models or suggestive scenarios for technological innovation: in moments of scarcity certain innovations can be imagined; in extrapolations of ‘demands’, new technologies can be suggested. Different societal models can lead to different approaches of technological changes: from ignoring, protecting to facilitating.

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