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Our new paradigm: Light, space, data

Celestial light and space travel have fascinated designers of buildings since early civilisation. Now they are transforming how we live and how we understand architecture and cities. This century's networks of semiconductors, satellites, scanners and sensors convert light into unprecedented formats and contents of ...

From garden cities to data cities

How would Sir Ebenezer Howard, legendary advocate of last century's garden cities movement and founder of Britain's town and country planning discipline, view the transmillennial paradigm of smart cities? [caption id="attachment_77" align="alignleft" width="245"] Ebenezer Howard’s 1898 diagram for slumless, smokeless, ...

Data Cities book out from December 2018

In Data Cities: How satellites are transforming architecture and design, Davina Jackson explains how rocket science and electronic technologies have changed obsolete practices and are expanding potentials for architecture and environmental design. This book surveys exceptional projects created by leading architects, ...

Rebooting Bucky’s Spaceship Earth

Richard Buckminster Fuller's scientific visions for 'world planning' using autopilot-style systems are being accelerated by international space agencies, as his followers celebrate the 90th anniversary of his 1928 publication of a '4D Air-Ocean World Town Plan' concept diagram, and the 50th anniversary of his 1969 book, ...

Astrospatial architecture: Beyond terrain

What is 'astrospatial architecture'? It's a neologism coined to highlight how astrospatial (space navigation) technology and geospatial (Earth-recording) systems are disrupting traditional ways of designing buildings. For the first time in history, architecture is not epitomised by inert monuments of masonry or towers of ...