Architecture is the name of the game

Architecture is the name of the game

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"Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light" as Le Corbusier put it in his manifesto Towards A New Architecture. Everything has changed since then, and we are ready for a new paradigm: "Architecture is the programmable hyperbody played skilfully by its masters at the speed of light". Le Corbusier gave shape and meaning to architecture in the era of the Industrial Revolution. Let’s now programme hyperreality in our era of the Digital Revolution. Let’s face it: virtual reality is in all respects more real than what we take to be natural reality. Virtual reality including any software ever written for any platform is hyper-real. Simply because we know the stuff it is made of. We know every bit and byte. In the Digital Revolution reality is being rewritten from ground zero.

Architecture becomes a game being played by its users. And not only architecture will be subject to the forces of real-time calculation. Planning, construction, interior design and landscape design are also ready to be developed as real-time games. During the design process the game is designed by the architect and played by all parties involved. During the life cycle of the building and the build environment, the game is played by their users, by the visitors and by the built environment itself. Visitors become participants in the experience economy. By playing the game the participants set the parameters. Each actors triggers an array of sensors writing the new data into a database, from where the building picks up the new data and starts reconfiguring itself, in shape, in content, or in both shape and content. Then the new configuration is matched to the desired conditions. It is fair to say that the building will find itself in a state of continuous operation. The building elements consists of numerous cooperating programmable elements, behaving like a swarm. The building elements will show flocking behaviour, always keeping an eye on the neighbouring actor and always ready to act and react. Hence we propose a new motto for the discipline of architecture: "Game set and match". To be played over and over again. Architecture is turning wild.