Within the history of computing, the dichotomy between hardware and software has been stubbornly persistent. Yet the understanding of hardware as a mere offering of computational power, waiting to be used by software, is false. As networked devices become smaller, more personal, more intimate, more quotidian, more indistinguishable from daily life and the self alike, it is use value, not abstract potential, that drives the future of technological progress.

Software as Infrastructure is a project by e-flux Architecture as part of "Eyes of the City" at the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen).

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Not so many centuries ago places, buildings and cities were their own and only form of visual representation. They stood in one place and could not be...
David A. Banks
A scene from a likely near future: an architect wakes up to a chirping phone. She sits up and looks at the messages that prompted the noisy wakeup cal...
Architects deal in imagined conditions, seeking to imbue their images with a mix of plausibility, desirability, and futurity so irresistible that the ...
Andrew Witt
It feels like only yesterday that a cat was a cat and a computer was a computer. But today, instead of tidy distinctions, humans, animals, and machine...
The Communist bosses of Peiping dropped a bamboo curtain, cutting off Peiping from the world. —Time magazine, March 14, 19491 After World Wa...
Amelyn Ng
On the surface, the way we document buildings may still look the same. Modeling software, like any other tool in history, helps architects depict, des...
Nick Axel and Nikolaus Hirsch
Software as Infrastructure is a project by e-flux Architecture as part of "Eyes of the City" at the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Sh...
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Technology, Data & Information
Subject
Representation, Infrastructure, Automation

Software as Infrastructure is a project by e-flux Architecture as part of "Eyes of the City" at the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen).

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