Beneath the Media Surface
Taylor & Francis – 2007 – 208 pages
This visually stunning, conceptually rich and imaginative book investigates the cultural connection between new media and architectural imaging. Through a range of material, from theoretical texts to experimental design projects, Tierney explores notions of what the architectural image means today.
Within the book's visually imaginative design framework, Abstract Space engages discourses from architecture, visual and cultural studies to computer science and communications technology to present an in-depth multi-media case study. Tracing a provisional history of the topic, the book also lends a provocative and multivalent understanding to the complex relations affecting the architectural image today.
Introduction 1. Architecture and Abstraction: Topologies of New Media 2. Architectural Modes of Seeing: Visual Theory and Cognition 3. Formulating Abstraction: Conceptual Art and the Architectural Object 4. Mapping Absence: Architectural Contingencies 5. Generative Systems: Evolving Computational Strategies 6. Formal Matters: The Virtual as a Generative Concept 7. The Status of the Architectural Image