1st Edition

Architecture in the Age of Mediatizing Technologies

By Sang Lee Copyright 2025
    276 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a unique perspective on contemporary architecture, exploring its position in mediatization through technological apparatuses. It introduces the novel concept of apparatus-centricity and mediatization of architecture, which has significant disciplinary ramifications.

    The book’s narrative traces the development of architecture from the modernist era to the present digital age, highlighting technological development, aestheticizing technologies, and theoretical changes. It focuses on how architecture incorporates and becomes a significant part of media technologies and virtualization, positioning itself as a crucial part of today's cognitive dispositive. The book reflects on the concept of dispositive (dispositif) for architecture and investigates the interactions between architecture and media through seminal examples from architecture, music, and media studies. The book explores how architecture is reshaped and influenced by theory and practice in media, ultimately serving as a cognitive agent. It underscores that architecture significantly influences our image-driven affective world through its apparatus-centric approach to conception, design, production, and mediatization.

    This book offers an insightful analysis of the position of architecture in mediatization for researchers and advanced students in design, theory, and history. It also serves as a valuable resource for cultural and media studies, examining the interdisciplinary impact of architecture in a mediatized culture at large.

    Introduction  Key Terms and Concepts  1. Dispositive and Apparatus  2. Codification and Encoding  3. Dissonance and Resistance  4. Emancipation of Dissonance  5. Apparatization  6. Embedded Virtuality  7. Mediatization  Coda


    Sang Lee is an architect and a University Docent of the Public Building group at the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. He teaches design and theory, focusing on technology, media, and sustainability in the master's program. Lee is also a research mentor for the master's thesis projects. Apart from his contributions at TU Delft, Lee has served as a visiting faculty member, a critic, and a speaker at various institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Bauhaus University Weimar, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Università IUAV di Venezia, Bergen School of Architecture, and TU Berlin. Lee has actively contributed to international conferences, journals, and books. He has also served as a peer reviewer for academic journals. His research on architecture focuses on examining the impact of digital technology, the concept of apparatization and technological dispositives, cultural identity in a technocentric world, and the integration of sustainability within aesthetics. In the past, he received funding for research and publication from several sources, including the US Department of Education, the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture, the Creative Industries Fund NL, TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, and the Municipality of Eindhoven.