Between Image and Icon: The Real and Virtual City


Session Title:

  • Emerging Architectures

Presentation Title:

  • Between Image and Icon: The Real and Virtual City




  • There is an ongoing controversy in architecture about the role of electronic imaging in Postmodern Urbanism. The debate concerns whether these images erode or enhance the social contract of community. The electronic image has become a powerful tool for describing not only physical form but a kind of “quality of life” for the city of the imagination. Two of architecture’s most notorious radicals Peter Eisenman and Bernard Tschumi, have made the “half real” electronic image an essential part of their polemic. But curiously one of the prophets of the electronic imaging revolution, Michael Benedikt cautions us about losing our humanity while dwelling in this new kind of virtual space.