This Year's Theme

Stirling Library

Volume 41, Technology

In a 1950 speech at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Mies van der Rohe said:

“Technology is rooted in the past. It dominates the present and tends into the future. It is a real historical movement - one of the great movements which shape and represent their epoch. It can be compared only with the Classic discovery of man as a person, the Roman will to power, and the religious movement of the Middle Ages. Technology is far more than a method, it is a world in itself...”

Architecture is an industry defined by innovation. Throughout history, technology has shaped our nascent social, physical, and cognitive processes. Rapid technological advancement continues to affect our society in unprecedented and unpredictable ways. Buildings are no longer as simple as they used to be; they are living, breathing organisms that require careful attention and advanced technical knowledge. While technology has the potential to solve some of the most difficult design problems, it will inevitably create a tangled web of new issues.  We are interested in how technology can, and will, affect the human experience.

In pursuit of a deeper conversation, Oz Volume 41 asks:

what are the implications of technology, and how are these implications shaping the field of architecture?


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