Becoming Digital

The modernist urgency of integration has evolved from sun, air, transportation, and advanced construction techniques to search histories, precarious labor contracts, machine learning, and burnout remedies. Today the digital is ambient, environmental. It is a dull hum that emanates from every corner of our increasingly constructed world, constituting the material, conceptual, and experiential context of any architectural project.

Editors
Ellie Abrons
Nick Axel
McLain Clutter
Adam Fure
Nikolaus Hirsch

Becoming Digital is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and Ellie Abrons, McLain Clutter, and Adam Fure of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Mollie Claypool
Discrete Automation
James Bridle
Phenological Mismatch
Eyal Weizman
Open Verification
Luke Caspar Pearson
From Superstudio to Super Mario
Guillermo Fernández-Abascal and Urtzi Grau
Learning to live together
Ramon Amaro
As if
Mark Jarzombek
Digital Post-Ontology
Ellie Abrons, Nick Axel, McLain Clutter, Adam Fure, and Nikolaus Hirsch
Editorial
Contributors
Laida Aguirre

Laida Aguirre is an architectural designer and director of stock-a-studio, a multidisciplinary practice that approaches architecture as an assembly of material and culture. They teach at the University of Michigan.

Ramon Amaro

Ramon Amaro is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and a researcher in the areas of machine learning, the philosophy of mathematics, black ontologies, and philosophies of being. Amaro completed his PhD in Philosophy at Goldsmiths and holds a Masters degree in Sociological Research from the University of Essex and a BSe in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

James Bridle

James Bridle is an artist and writer working across technologies and disciplines. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. New Dark Age, his book about technology, knowledge, and the end of the future, was published by Verso in 2018, and he wrote and presented "New Ways of Seeing" for BBC Radio 4 in 2019.

Mollie Claypool

Mollie Claypool is an architecture theorist, historian, and educator at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where she co-directs Design Computation Lab and is History and Theory Coordinator in MArch AD in B-Pro. She is Director of Automated Architecture, a design and technology consultancy.

Guillermo Fernández-Abascal

Guillermo Fernández-Abascal is an architect, academic, co-director of GFA2, and lecturer at UTS Sydney. Based in Sydney, Australia and Santander, Spain, his recent work destabilises the dichotomy of research vs. buildings and includes diagrams, stories, exhibitions, films, prototypes, housing, and public buildings across the globe.  

Urtzi Grau

Urtzi Grau is an architect, director of the Master of Architecture and the Master of Research at University of Technology Sydney, and founding partner of the office Fake Industries Architectural Agonism. 

Mark Jarzombek

Mark Jarzombek is Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at MIT. He works on a wide range of topics, historical, theoretical, and philosophical. His most recent book is Digital Stockholm Syndrome in the Post-Ontological Age (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

Zeina Koreitem

Zeina Koreitem is founding partner and Principal of MILLIØNS, a Los Angeles-based design practice founded in 2011 with John May. She is a licensed architect in Beirut, a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Design Faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Luke Caspar Pearson

Luke Caspar Pearson is a designer and academic based at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he leads the Videogame Urbanism masters studio with Sandra Youkhana. His research uses game technologies in the design of architecture and urbanism, from examining virtual worlds as conceptual architecture to exploring games as new platforms for public engagement.

Curtis Roth

Curtis Roth is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Ohio State University. His design work consists of images, objects, video games, and online economies that examine the relationships between computation and subjectivity as they pertain to questions of labor and authorship.

Molly Sauter

Molly Sauter is a Vanier Scholar and PhD candidate in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, researching the evolution of the “innovation economy” in the US and Canada. They are the author of The Coming Swarm: DDoS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet. They hold a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and have held research fellowships at New America and the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2010 he founded the research agency Forensic Architecture and directs it ever since.

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