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Speaking from the Laboratory | Orit Halpern & Henning Schmidgen

Dialogue | From Experimental Spaces to Architectural Machines

What happens when the fabric of everyday life is enclosed by experiment? Schmidgen and Halpern trace the extension and transformation of the laboratory, starting from the notion of “architectural machines”: Differing in the respective understanding of the term, Félix Guattari, administrative director of the psychiatric avant-garde clinic La Borde in Cour-Cheverny (France) and Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (USA), developed independently from each other the notion of “architectural machines” in order to establish experimental practices that remain crucial constituents of our post-cybernetic present. Both of their institutions have contributed in important ways to reconsider interactions between humans,
technologies, and architectures.

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