Message - Re: the 4th dimension of the space

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Posted by  Mat on August 18, 2003 at 05:09:46:

In Reply to:  the 4th dimension of the space posted by Heliana Caspi on August 17, 2003 at 23:40:07:

I think you have to be very careful when talking about this 4th dimension. You talk about the virtual and that technology has "developed many different kind of spaces". I would challenge this. In my experience all virtual spaces are based on 'real' space. There is still an up, down and sideways. I dont think it is an accident that I.T. jargon is full of terms like - site, folders, file, open, close, hit, search, home!! etc.

What is interesting however, in the context of your discussion, that the fourth dimension is distorted. It occurs to me that, in the virtual world, the traditional 4th dimension (time) is replaced by the dimension of movement (both 'physical' and mental). We dont linger in the virtual world. As we MOVE from 'site' to 'site' we only stop if our mind is stimulated (or MOVED). In the virtual world we are free to 'move' through the traditional 4 dimensions. That is the beauty of it.

As for architects being Media designers and not Material designers - I think you will find they already are but not in the way you tend to suggest. Think of your favorite five buildings. Chances are you havent been to all of them. This means that you have experienced some of your favorite buildings through the media only. The question must be asked then - are architects designing buildings or photgraphs/drawings/writings about buildings? It is my view/concern that architects are doing both and that one influences the other. The important thing however is that they ARE designing both. The physical building will always be important. Even when the virtual world is so attractive that we choose to spend all of our time in it we will still occupy space and we will still need to keep the rain off our heads.

Hope this helps.

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