Discussing the virtues of (digital) technology has been center stage for three decades. Yet it mostly has been a fertile ground for a discourse on formalism: geometric prowess under the guise of performative architecture celebrating the new found ethos. Cities and buildings looking smart or facing doom.
The Zeitgeist is fraught with pitfalls and co-opting tools and concepts from other industries hardly makes one relevant. Building technology has a very high obsolescence rate whereas balance in design, when reached, seems to have none. Again, this is not to say that designs should disregard energy codes, rather assert that without its primal ambition, architecture is pointless; engineers (and very soon AI) far surpass architects at sheer building performance.
— Michel de Certeau (Yunomi magazine, issue 01, https://www.yunomimag.com)
"Beyond the very problems it tries to solve (a notion to dear Mies) architecture's objective is to preserve an affective link with the built environment, to be an interface with nature and allow life in society through the artefacts of daily life. Without its poetic value, architecture is merely construction and without the craft associated to it, only improvisation."
—Michel de Certeau
5 – Websites are cultural artifacts. Like buildings, websites foster social discourses. They do so by establishing new ways of interaction or by initiating new aesthetic discourses.
"It takes time for a discipline to develop its own design values. Web design is a young discipline indeed. While we slowly begin to form our own set of guiding principles, we can look to other disciplines for inspiration.
The world of architecture has accrued its own set of design values over the years. One of those values is the principle of material honesty. One material should not be used as a substitute for another. Otherwise the end result is deceptive."