rogueHAA is pleased to announce their next event, The archiCULTURAL SHIFT. As an integral component to the Detroit Design Festival, this event is comprised of an exhibition, panel discussion, and SPACEBUSTER by Raumlabor installation. All components seek to address the following issues and aim to foster creative relationships between the architectural and informational technology design communities.
Historically, architecture has been understood, practiced, and theorized as the discipline of space – the designed manipulation and configuration of form, material and structure. Evolving throughout the millennia, architecture has also been employed to identify and solve social conditions through the use of materials and spatial arrangements.
In the last few decades, numerous design and architectural critics and theorists have identified cultural shifts within technological societies – from space-centered institutions to time-centered institutions, from material-based economies to information-based economies.
The expansion of publicly available information and the compression of time have affected all design practices, but none more so than the architectural profession. Compared with other design fields, the prevalent architectural process – project creation, conceptual design, design development, construction documentation, permitting, construction coordination – appears extremely sluggish. As practicing professionals, we have taken notice. More importantly, the public and our clients have taken notice. Our society continues to desire results in shorter amounts of time, often to the detriment of the design process and final product. As our technological culture continues to shift toward accelerated means of production, will The Architect, one who practices a traditional space-based profession, become increasingly minimized? Has the Architecture-of-Space become temporal, immaterial, and marginalized? How can Architecture infiltrate the current information-driven social conditions prevalent within today’s society? Are we on the precipice of an archiCULTURAL SHIFT?