chapter  11
14 Pages

Post-Digital as Design Authorship

In Informed Material Processes
WithPablo Lorenzo-Eiroa

The current, digital-fabrication revolution is based on widespread adoption of complex, digital techniques, which contrasts with the seemingly impossible worlds conceived by the previous revolution. But the proliferation of digital techniques ended up replacing personal design agendas. As critical recognition of such positions, the post-digital attitude can be understood in two different ways. One way frames the post-digital as a negative dialectic reaction by simply replacing the digital with an architectural culture independent from technology —an eclecticism that, interestingly, aims to construct a visual, critical synthesis out of a collage of cultural projects and techniques, and thereby reactivates a problematic post-modernism. The other way frames the post-digital as an attempt to establish design authorship at higher levels of representation—an attempt that sought to engage with a deeper understanding of computation and to avoid visual historicism.