In an age characterised by the increasing dematerialisation of cultural production and transmission, Database, Network, Interface
's historical role in representing and organising information and knowledge.
Throughout human history, the library, the archive and the museum have embodied knowledge, information and collective culture to such an extent that it is possible to compare systems of information organisation with spatial and architectural typologies.
The publication, conceived in the occasion of the exhibition at Archizoom (EPFL), dives into the relationship between architectural and digital culture beyond the pure rhetoric of the digital turn and the digital as architectural style.
The hypothesis is that the notions of "database", "network" and "interface"—common in the field of information technology—could be related to architectural issues of a formal, compositional or symbolic nature, of which spatial arrangements, plans or façades are the expression. In this sense, the publication presents a selection of case studies highlighting the possible links between digital and non-digital cultural projects and their architectural counterparts.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the Archizoom Gallery (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2021.
Mariabruna Fabrizi (born 1982 in Catanzaro) is an architect, teacher and curator based in Paris. She founded with Fosco Lucarelli the Paris-based agency Microcities and works on projects of various scales from interior renovation to urban projects. Since 2006, Mariabruna Fabrizi has been conducting independent architectural research through the online visual atlas SOCKS.
Fosco Lucarelli (born 1981 in Rome) is an architect, teacher and curator based in Paris. He co-founded the agency Microcities and since 2006 he conducts independent architectural research through the online visual atlas SOCKS.