Design Strategies for Reimagining the City is situated between projective geometry, optical science and architectural design. It draws together seemingly unrelated fields in a series of new digital design tools and techniques underpinned by tested prototypes.
The book reveals how the relationship between architectural design and the ubiquitous urban camera can be used to question established structures of control and ownership inherent within the visual model of the Western canon. Using key moments from the broad trajectory of historical and contemporary representational mechanisms and techniques, it describes the image’s impact on city form from the inception of linear perspective geometry to the digital turn. The discussion draws upon combined fields of digital geometry, the pictorial adaptation of human optical cues of colour brightness and shape, and modern image-capture technology (webcams, mobile phones and UAVs) to demonstrate how the permeation of contemporary urban space by digital networks calls for new architectural design tools and techniques. A series of speculative drawings and architectural interventions that apply the new design tools and techniques complete the book.
Aimed at researchers, academics and upper-level students in digital design and theory, it makes a timely contribution to the ongoing and broadly debated relationship between representation and architecture.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Constructed Fields of Vision Introduction 1 The Problem of the Image of the City: From Perspectival to Digital Space 2 The Pixel’s Visual Territory 3 Seeing through Digital Image-Making Technology 4 The New Agency of Distributed Digital Networks Part 2 New Techniques of Intervention and Disruption 5 Generative Techniques 6 The Building Surface as a Colour Modifier 7 Re-Viewing Diffraction 8 New Readings of the City 9 ‘La Città Ideale’: Design Drawings for the Digital City Conclusion
Linda Matthews is the Co-director of the UTS Visualisation Institute and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her research interests draw upon the history, politics and techniques of representation to explore new architectural and urban design methodologies that utilise the optics of digital visioning systems. The research aims to use virtual urban spaces as a source of qualitative and quantitative data to generate non-traditional modes of architectural and urban form. Linda has won several significant academic awards, including the prestigious Design Medal from the NSW Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the University Medal from the University of Technology, Sydney.