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Data Cities: How satellites are transforming architecture and design

by Davina Jackson Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
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Hbk 176 pages
AU$96.00 NZ$103.48
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Data Cities explains how rocket science and electronic technologies are transforming how we live and understand architecture, as networks of semiconductors, satellites, scanners and sensors convert light into unprecedented formats and contents of information. Flows of data will inform our future behaviours in physical, virtual and hybrid-reality situations, and architecture and cities are being reinvented as not merely static structures, but places that pulse.


It surveys exceptional projects created by leading architects, scientists, artists, engineers, geographers, urban planners, gamers, gardeners, filmmakers and musicians, including lichtarchitektur by Asymptote, Yann Kersalé, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Bruce Munro and Leni Schwendinger; VR and AR demos by Greg Lynn, William Latham and Joe Paradiso; creative robotics by Carlo Ratti, Patrick Tresset, Zaha Hadid and Boston Dynamics; laser-cut constructs by Alex Haw and Patrick Keane; living architecture by Philip Beesley, Rachel Armstrong and Mitchell Joachim; space schemes by Foster + Partners and BIG; public buildings by MVRDV, Wolfgang Buttress, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Santiago Calatrava, Coop Himmelblau, UN Studio, WOHA, SHoP, LAVA and MAD; atmospheric concepts by Philippe Rahm, Daan Roosegaarde and Bruce Ramus; city modelling by UCL CASA, 300.000 KM/s, ETH-Zurich and MIT; underwater and aerial designs by Marc Newson, Ars Electronica-Spaxels and Kleindienst.

1. Introduction; 2. Today's Technologies; 3. Methods (Materials, Modelling, Making); 4. Climate Solutions; 5. Location Solutions; 6. Structural Solutions; 7. Data Cities; 8. Light, Art and Games; 9. Space Architecture; 10. Tomorrow's Architectures

"Data Cities is an interesting take on the influence of geospatial technology on architecture and design. It does not look at the conventional interaction between geospatial and architecture and design, rather it looks at the interaction at a philosophical level and examines how the space age and its artefacts in general have influenced architects and their creations. This book is amazing in that it tries to bring together modern science and technology and architecture. Though some parallels are a bit contrived but the overall attempt to show how science and technology impacts architecture as much as it impacts other

human endeavors is appreciated. After all architects design spaces using innovative techniques and materials and geospatial informs about and helps understand physical

space. The twain should meet." - Professor Arup Dasgupta, Managing Editor, Geospatial World magazine.


"In Data Cities: How satellites are transforming architecture and design, Dr Jackson explained how rocket science and electromagnetic technologies have disrupted traditional processes in architecture and are expanding potentials for environmental design in the third millennium.


Over 10 chapters, she identified many historical foundations for the Digital Earth vision: from Eratosthenes’ ancient calculations of the Earth’s circumference to Newton and Einstein's experiments with light, and last century’s advances in rocket science, computation and electronic graphics." - International Society for Digital Earth.

Davina Jackson is a Sydney-based author, editor and curator, and a visiting research fellow with Goldsmiths College, University of London. She writes for British and European publishers on modernist architecture and design in Oceania and on creative applications of technology in urban contexts. In recent years she has produced books, exhibitions, articles, websites and guest essays on themes she has named ‘smart light cities’, ‘viral internationalism’, ‘astrospatial architecture’, ‘data cities’ and ‘virtual nations’.