|CYBERSPACE, CYBER-TECHNOLOGY AND ARCHITECTURE
27 July, 1996 - From Usenet group Alt.Architecture
For architecture to be obsolete, it would have to serve no useful purpose for society. Clearly, architecture is as important and necessary today as it has been for millennia.
"Cyberspace" (or as I'm using it here in the sense of computer aided design) is a very valuable tool for design in that the designer can more easily visualize the full implications of a 3-d environment being designed. Before computers enabled 3-d modeling, I used to always model my designs with foam-core or strathmore, etc. The computer has enabled a far higher resolution in "experiencing" space and moving through it that is far better than models can provide. This, however, is just another tool in creating architecture - not a replacement for it. When the mayline (parallel rule) was invented, this was also an advancement in design technology - clearly not a replacement of architecture.
The computer is an incredible visualization tool for both architects and clients. That is all. However, I believe we are on the verge of the advent of a new art form - virtual spaces. Clearly, VRML presents an incredible opportunity in exploring spatial environments without the constraints of budget or gravity.
The breakthrough is the incredible tool the computer provides. Hopefully, with the aid of this incredible tool, architects will be able to achieve higher levels of integration in their designs than ever before.