By Chris Abel

This new choice of essays follows Chris Abel's past most sensible promoting assortment, structure and id. Drawing upon a variety of wisdom and disciplines, the writer argues that, underlying technological adjustments within the technique of architectural construction are primary adjustments within the method we expect approximately machines and the area we are living in.<BR id="CRLF"><BR id="CRLF">Key issues comprise: new styles of urbanism within the speedy transforming into towns of asia pacific; metaphorical extensions of brain and physique in our on-line world; the divergent eu and North American values shaping Sir Norman Foster's and Frank Gehry's paintings, and the collaborative paintings equipment and applied sciences developing the adaptable layout pratices of this present day.

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When we move, metaphorically speaking, through cyberspace from site to site, or node to node, we do not perceive the whole terrain of sites before us, nor their relations to each other, as we would do if the baroque analogy held true. qxd 5/8/04 11:30 AM Page 44 44 ARCHITECTURE, TECHNOLOGY AND PROCESS our own personally chosen pathway, and are linked with its vast dimensions in small, incremental and isolated steps. All the rest, stretching into an infinity of possible choices and responses, remains effectively hidden from view.

17 Abelia Condominium, Singapore. Tang Guan Bee, 1990–4. Like Safdi building, each maisonette is planned around two-storey openair living space. Photo: Tangguanbee. 18 Mesiniaga Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hamzah and Yeang, 1989–92. Definitive early example of architects’‘bioclimatic skyscraper’ concept. The building incorporates open-air skygardens and climate control techniques based on regional traditions. Photo: Hamzah and Yeang. 19 Telekom Headquarters. Detail of spiraling skygardens showing steel supports.

466 BC. Plan. B. Ward-Perkins, 1974. 3 Plan for Chicago, USA. Daniel Burnham, 1909. Plan. Source: F. Choay, 1969. qxd 5/8/04 11:30 AM Page 37 CYBERSPACE IN MIND 37 ‘grand plan’, ‘large-scale structures of places and connections organized to meet the needs of their inhabitants’, are all metaphors borrowed from common urbanists’ parlance, with a definite leaning toward conventional Western spatial concepts and systems of order. Neither is Mitchell alone in using baroque concepts in trying to represent cyberspace.

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