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Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions$
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Adolfo Plasencia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036016

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001

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Looking Forward in Architecture by Looking Back

Looking Forward in Architecture by Looking Back

(p.115) 10 Looking Forward in Architecture by Looking Back
Is the Universe a Hologram?

Yung Ho Chang

Adolfo Plasencia

The MIT Press

In this dialogue, the architect, professor of architecture and former head of department of architecture at MIT, Yung Ho Chang, outlines why he agrees with Mies Van der Rohe that materiality is the basis of architecture. He also reflects on why a new material is not necessarily a better one, and why an old one is not necessarily interesting simply because it is old. He explains the reasons why digital space is not a substitute for architectural space. He then goes on to explain that the way we ask ourselves about how the past and present are connected could be a way for us to discover what architecture really is, as well as discussing the process by which architectural intervention may or may not transform a place, or even make a new one.

Keywords:   Materiality, Digital space, Less is more, Minimalist, Junk space, Architecture’s credibility, Age-old craft of stonework, Stonemasonry in Context, Metaphysical world

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