Reyner Banham and Technology

“Throughout the present century architects have made fetishes of technological and scientific concepts out of context and have been disappointed by them when they have developed according to the processes of technical development, not according to the hopes of architects. A generation ago, it was ‘The Machine’ that let architects down –  tomorrow or the day after it will be ‘The Computer’, or Cybernetics or Topology.”

Reyner Banham, The Architectural Review, March 1960

This was quoted in the August edition of AR. I might amend Banham’s first sentence to read “…and have been disappointed by them when they have developed according to the processes of technical or economic development…”

We’re still too enamoured of the computer to notice when we are let down by it.

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