With the advent of distributed digital networks, urban representation has transformed from a singular, idealised view of urban space into multiple, uncurated fragments of 'real' life captured by a vast range of portable devices. For the architect, the exchange between urban form-making and the city image is also transformed by the plethora of images that define the modern city. This video uses webcam footage to reconfigure the formal and spatial content of Times Square, New York, both to question the very material of urban form-making and also to extend the experiential and spatial conditions that currently define urban space.
Linda Matthews is undertaking a PhD concerned with the development of architectural and urban design methodologies that utilize the optical logics of digital surveillance systems. The aim of the research is to understand how these systems frame the city and to use digital information extracted from these spaces to generate architectural form.
Gavin Perin is a Lecturer in the Architecture program at the University of Technology, Sydney. His area of academic interest is the role of representation in architecture and the generative and instrumental affect of the forms of representation on design practice and its artefacts.
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