In the late 1970s, MIT’s Architecture Machine Group (Arch Mac), led by Nicholas Negroponte, developed information environments and simulations that melded architecture and technology. . . .
lecture: Molly WRIGHT STEENSON, “Information as Place” with respondent Frida ROSENBERG.
Draw Point Talk lecture series.
6.00 p.m. / The KTH School of Architecture
114 26 Stockholm, Sweden
These futuristic projects were ahead of our time: imagine a room-sized Google Street View, or a 1970s iPad. But also, Arch Mac’s projects were funded primarily by the Department of Defense, and blended multimedia, military simulation and entertainment. In this lecture, I look at these information spaces that Arch Mac designed, uncanny and familiar spaces that meshed military command and control, entertainment, and media.
Molly Wright Steenson is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy, adjunct faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and is affiliated with the HUMlab at Umeå University. She holds a PhD from Princeton University’s School of Architecture, a Master’s in Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture and a B.A. in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
About Draw, Point, Talk:
Draw, Point, Talk asks emerging architects and scholars to present their ongoing work in a public lecture and to articulate a position that charges the following response and discussion. Putting media and thought into productive dialogue, the series challenges a prevailing climate where design is presented without disciplinary argument or where criticism is presented without proposition. Each session addresses a current debate in architecture by delving deep into the particularities of an architectural practice. Hosted four times per year, this curated series of talks invites the public to an ongoing discussion.
Arranged and curated by:
The Stockholm Association of Architects through Daniel Norell and Frida Rosenberg