Space, place, cyberspace

It is not only the electronic media and computer networks that have undermined urbanity. Since the beginning of the modern era, urbanists and architects have been trying to redesign or deconstruct urban space. Architectural theorist Sokratis Georgiadis complains that the nostalgic evocation of urbanity has so far prevented a programmatic reflection on the fate of the city in the post-industrial age.

Sokratis Georgiadis is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart for the history of architecture and design. With his text he opened the symposium "Networked cities – concrete places. The fate of architectural proximity in the age of Telepolis" on 8. May 1996 opened at the Academy of Arts.

Sokratis Georgiadis

Space, place, cyberspace

– If one believes the Tagesschau of 22. On the morning of March 1996, a protest meeting of 12 people took place on the grounds of the former Riem airport near Munich.000 construction workers took place. Surprised and not without a slight touch of wistful nostalgia, one wonders: What has become of the working class blob?? Once attacking the bourgeoisie in the midst of their centers of power, their battle-hardened columns marched through the streets and taught the rulers to be afraid. And now? Now she moves her struggle, shortened to a vapid protest, to disused airports on the outskirts of the metropolis; she herself has allowed herself to be relegated to a peripheral feature of social events, a social metastasis.

Whether the class struggle is taking place, has taken place or will take place depends, in fact, only on the whims of the respective news editor. It has become a third-rate, basically uninteresting media event.

– Silence reigns in Waterford Crest. A dearly paid tranquility on the outskirts of Los Angeles, beset by fierce social tensions, protected by uniformed soldiers armed to the teeth, watchdogs and video cameras. For the few contacts with the outside world, the available means of communication are quite sufficient. A few thousand privileged and affluent people are living in large areas on the outskirts of the city, far from the dangerous rest of society. This happens not only in Los Angeles, but on the outskirts of practically every big city in the USA and Canada, but also in Brazil, Peru and elsewhere. It is a symmetrical reflection of the otherwise dead apartheid, the apartheid of intimacy. Waterford Crest – a postmodern relic of a civitas that has now abandoned any etymological, conceptual and also factual reference to civilization.

– Shirley Glass is a psychiatrist in Baltimore who specializes in extramarital relationships. "Several colleagues call me", she reports, "and ask for my help. It is about the case of patients who have a relationship with partners who live only by means of the Internet. There is certainly no real physical relationship, but the emotional tension is so great that we can speak of a real erotic relationship." The news that a divorce petition has been filed in the U.S. for electronic adultery has been in the press.

E-mail – A Love Story is the title of the bestseller by Stephanie Fletcher. The intimate slips out of its capsule here and wanders, glides, "surfs" on the worldwide web. The body remains chaste, angelic, it becomes insignificant, unimportant, inconsequential, a dependent part of the transport machine of emotions. Homes for Cyborgs Tony Vidler refers to the designs of Elisabeth Diller and Ricardo Scorfidio. But also Cybersouls were well in it.

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