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Lecture 1: Introduction: Drawings, numbers, and the power of (printed) images. Transcribed by Chris Muskopf. Immediately we find the professor amending the title of the course to include an additional twenty centuries of the history of digital design than the students have signed on for. The course will take into account several thousand years and multiple circuits through a feedback loop in architectural history in order to trace the ideal of digital design. This feedback loop is important in the transmission of architectural ideas as a tradition--a body of knowledge that is passed across place and time. The feedback loop poses two questions; “what can technology provide” and “what will be received by culture”. It is important to note that there is no universality or neutrality in the modes of transmission and these aspects come to influence the product. As an example, consider the medium of black and white photography; the absence of polychromatic transmission ostensibly makes the transmission of color much less important, even to the point of banishment into cultural oblivion. In a public discipline such as architecture, there is generally no point in creating something no one will see. While medieval master masons served as both construction supervisor and architect on- site and in real-time, Leon Battista Alberti first posited and theorized that architectural design and building site may exist many miles apart, and that architecture may--or should--be built by remote control. The examination of the watershed event of Alberti will receive many reprisals in the course. The course will also posit two hypotheses: 1. We are in the process of moving from an analog past to a digital future. As an aside to this, we have witnessed a retreat from the original digital enthusiasm of
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course ARCH 4.500 taught by Professor Lawrencesass during the Fall '08 term at MIT.

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