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Chocolate Teapots and Swiss Cheese: revisiting the virtual house to design better homes for tomorrow

Maloney, Peter (2021) Chocolate Teapots and Swiss Cheese: revisiting the virtual house to design better homes for tomorrow. In: Urban Assemblage: The City as Architecture, Media, AI and Big Data, 28-30 June 2021, AMPS, University of Hertfordshire.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Maloney, Peter

Celebrated theorist Vilem Flusser’s essay “ With as many holes as Swiss cheese” offers an etymology of the domestic dwelling. He speculates on the future house as the walls become perforated by holes for wires to penetrate, allowing information to flow between public and private. He argues that this increasing porosity demands a new approach to interpersonal relations through the production of a new kind of ‘technological house’.

The 19/20 edition of the ANY (Architecture New York) Journal 1998 was entitled ‘The Virtual House’ it brought together world-renowned philosophers (including Rajchman) and architects (including Leibskind, Herzog and de Meuron and Eisenman) to speculate on and discuss the potential nature of such a construction through a series of competition entries.

Now, almost 25 years later the pandemic has thrust us into a state of virtuality as we scramble to simulate our everyday lives from our homes via our computer screen. On the 23rd March 2021 the sale of the first NFT digital house in the world ‘Mars House’ by Krista Kim marked the start of our immersion into the virtual.

This presentation will revisit the theories of Levy, Rajchman and Flusser, examining the history of the virtual house in order to try and understand the conditions and context of our precarious present. It will also investigate architecture and design practice situated within the field of ‘Home Futures’ for clues to help us understand and design our future virtual house.

Official Website: https://architecturemps.com/london-hatfield/
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Interior Technology
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Information Environments Network (I.E.)
Research Groups > Critical Practice
Date: 28 June 2021
Funders: CCW Staff Development Fund
Event Location: AMPS, University of Hertfordshire
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2022 10:37
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 10:37
Item ID: 18015
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/18015

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