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In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?
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Muhammed Atif Shaikh
Response to In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?
This question actually rises an important issue; as to what extent can architecture survive under the hegemony of an overwhelming socio-cultural trajectory? Indeed the experience of Modernity, which brought about, by the Industrial Revolution, has influenced to a great extent the production of architecture. However, the rise of increasing attention to the vernacular and traditional architecture highlights the shifting thoughts and approaches we are currently encountering. As well, it enhances both our understanding of the importance of diversity in architecture and our awareness of following the one stream that flows from the West.

Yes, definitely the space-time compression that brought about by information technology will change the architecture scene, perhaps even in a wider sense than the industrial age. But, the issue is whether or not architects are aware of such impact. Let us hope that they ARE actually aware, in this case, the change will need time, effort and thought. Approaches should be proposed so as divers views can come to the forum and new ways of adopting the impact of information technology may be implemented in architectural features rather than replacing them.

As a start, I'd propose the phenomenological approach, as a way to rethink architecture and to link to future changes.
Mervat El-Shafie
Response to In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?
I am not sure if architecture can be replaced, it may however, evolve into something that has yet to be imagined. As the Industrial Revolution changed the face of cities, the spaces where people interacted with each other, and created new building types and solutions, so to will the digital age force architects to re-think the role of technology in architecture. New building types will emerge while others will disappear. I am not a pessimist and do not think this new revolution means the end of cities and the end of social interaction. For a more optimistic view of the future of architecture please read "City of Bits", by William J. Mitchell.
Shiraz Allibhai
Response to In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?

I would like to rephrase the question - what would the impact of IT be on architecture? In the current context, as the rift between the info-haves and info-have-nots widens, architecture (with and/or without architects) would similarly take on the same pattern. Architects who have been depending on the building industry, well aware of their contibution to the promotion of the decadence of this civilization, are calling for the emergence of the "unspoken" areas in architecture. What is needed here then is information. Without information, architecture operating on the current legal framework, would develop its own genre as is with the rise of an "informed" architecture. Architecture at the periphery of the building industry would continue as it has always been, diversifying as it goes along almost "irrelevantly" . As a whole, the diversity of architecture would even be more pronounced until such time when the world order changes.

As this happens, architecture which has always depended on the clientele, would take on further instructions from its new clients to shape the built environment in tune with the natural order. It is here that architecture will be back in the grounds before the institution of architects were created, charting a new passage where architects would be much a part of the ordinary public which, as is, they have chosen to differentiate themselves from. History (information) and historical awareness (its dissemination technology) would be this essential agent of this global change in which architecture is only an expression of.

Wan Burhanuddin
In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?
the architectural scenario today is in complete analogy with the age of industrial revolution...then it was it is IT!
certainly the role of architects evidenced a drastic change then(during industrial revolution)...i.e. the concept of designing emanicipated from the stereotyped classicism and leapt forward to a world of rational utilitarianism, functionalism, yet maintainig the contextual aesthetics.
today again the time has come when architects have to change their own definition. we are so apprehensive of our decreasing role in designing, which is being replaced by the hi-tech designing softwares...the virtual reality and simulated environments on the computers seem to have limited (or rather killed) the scope of architects, the live minds...but actually it is not so!
upto some extents it is very fair(replacement of men by design softwares) ...the technology we have today can let us visualize spaces far more efficiently than what we can manually do!!! why not take advantage of it? afterall, our ultimate aim is to achive a good architecture, for the service of mankind!!
architects can ensure their role in many other ways; say, such as the "design software-desiners"...or as very humane and sensible experts to customize these softwares intelligently!!!...
i m looking forward to the age, in which we architects are gonna have a completely different definition...
P Das
In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?
Information and Technology.........
Knowledge and Architecture.........
Information and Technology have existed for ages,and have challanged
the Creativity of the Humans all the time.
Fortunately, it needs a creative thought to change Information to Knowledge and Technology to Architecture.
We should remember that it is also the Human that bombards Information and boasts of the Technology.
It is a challange of Humans to Humans! And the best part of this challange is that we all know the Result!

However, the recent geometric progression in the Tech and Info fields, particularly the Virtual Reality is amazing. Unfortunately, the Architects are generally reluctant to accept the new tools and language.
They want to use the shield of the "Charcoal" sketches and shy away from the new tools and graphics.
It is this fear that might lead to a defeat.Its not too late yet.
Trilochan Chhaya
In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?
i think that this question is really importany 2 discuse. &about technology for sure it will have a great role at architecture filed not at future but from now &many years ago.but 2 replace it complelty i don;t think so. may be it will have a great role but not all of it.even in the industrial revolution , the technology didn't take whole the part in the industry.still there also the need of hyman .&their minds &also there is a need 2 the papers &the pencile.but by the way , it is important 2 start in using technology &traning their hands &minds 2 accept it is exsistance.
Heba Hatem
In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?
what worries me is that we're still asking the question in the future sense, as if information technology is yet to come. my friends, it has been upon us for decades!

but as our understanding of it matures, and the novelty value wanes out to become normalty, so does our architecture (like all our other cultural and economic production). if you look at what theoretical architecture was looking like only 15 years ago when ideas from IT first began to affect architecture, and how more sophisticated it is now, almost more mature, then you would know there is nothing to worry about...

also, you can chart the effects of CAD software over architectural production through the 1970s to now, and it is clear that it does very much affect it, particularly in commercial works. for example, look at the ridiculously repetitive, extruded architecture that appeared in the 1970s as a direct translation of the 2D plans piled on top of each other (no real 3D CAD options then, and at the same time a 'trigger happy' discovery of the multiple copy/array function of cad systems, replacing the human modelmaking/3D thinking of so much interesting architecture from the earlier decades)... today, CAD systems are sophisticated enough to help express - and most importantly manufacture - some great architecture (eg bilbao guggenheim, etc)...

anyway, the question was so weird in the first place: i hadnt realised industrial revolution had replaced architecture- and if so, then shouldnt the question be: will IT replace industrial revolution? or am i totally misunderstanding and the question is "will IT replace the architecture of the industrial revolution?"

Ayssar Arida
In future will information technology replace architecture as it was done by industrial revolution?
dear Aysser arida, i think discussing this, we are getting slightly out of our way. certainly industrial revolution had a revolutionary impact on the architecture...and the drastic change that it braught about is still noticeable...specially due to explosive production of steel and invention of railway engines etc...designs like crystal palace/eifill tower were completely in contrast with the kind of architecture previously existed ( such as pantheon by richard boyle...if i m not mistaken....or toll gate in paris by ledoux)
the industrial revolution gave a U-turn to the archtecture of that time....
i think , after that period architecture certainly has changed...and is no more the architecture of industrial revolution...but the changes are gradual...and follow a smooth trend on the timeline.
perhaps what muhammed atif saikh wants to convey is that does industrial revolution has the potential to bring about the same U-turn kind of change in architecture...ur comments r welcome!
P Das


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