Candide No. 9 — 6/2015 — Encounters
The Grey of the Sky
Since time immemorial, images have been an elemental component of architectural knowledge. Not only the processes of designing, but also the legitimation, storage, and transmission of historical and theoretical information are based on particular pictorial practices. No less recurring, since Vitruvius canonized the fuzzy terminology of scaenographia as an essential form of representation, have been the debates on the permissibility, in architectural practice, of perspectival and realistic images. With the appearance of digital tools, visualizations of planned architecture have not only attained an unheard-of realism, but are also expanding the possibilities of manipulation and leading to new forms of aesthetic expression. Not least with respect to the academic interest in the self-contained logic and function of images (iconic turn), these tools and the digital aesthetic that they generate give cause for interrogating the new architectural imagery.
Candide No. 9, 6/2015