Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1975. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Small octavo, pp. 239, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Item #19492
This book is an offspring of Negroponte's "The Architecture Machine," published by The MIT Press in 1970. As is usually the case where computer systems are involved, the new generation is several orders of magnitude more powerful than even its remarkably mind-extending parent. The general assumption of this book is that the architect is an unnecessary and even detrimental middleman between individual, continuously changing needs and the continuous incorporation of those needs into the built environment. The book proposes a new kind of architecture without architects, and even without surrogate architects. It looks toward a distant future not only beyond the architect but beyond architecture as we know it. Here architecture machines are not simply used as aids in the design of buildings; they serve as buildings in themselves. Humans will live in living, intelligent machines or cognitive physical environments that can immediately respond to human needs or wishes or whims. The possibilities are unlimited and a challenge to any imagination.