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William Mitchell makes large use of useful examples and illustrations in a technically well-grounded but obtainable exam of structure and urbanism within the context of the electronic telecommunications revolution, the continued miniaturization of electronics, the commodification of bits, and the becoming domination of software program over materialized shape.

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14 The Mérida trio performance takes place at a certain spot and has its particular evening hour. And I am there in the old-fashioned way: in person, unplugged. The problematic Sinatra duets, though, are constructed in cyberspace by cyborgs of a species that began to emerge on March 10, 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell, Professor of Vocal Physiology in the School of Oratory of Boston University, first successfully connected an electromechanical ear to an electromechanical voice box by an electric wire.

The interior wall panels are not what they seem. They turn out to be huge, flat video screens. In repose they simulate the surfaces of standard architec- tural materials, but activated they become electronic windows opening onto anything at all. Architectural solids and voids become fluidly interchangeable, and the usual relationship of interior to exterior space is twisted into jaw-dropping paradox. That old Punch cartoon flashes again into my mind. Kresge Auditorium, MIT. A conference is assembled in honor of artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky.

And the digital, electronic, virtual side is increasingly taking over from the physical. In many contexts, storage of bits is displacing storage of physical artifacts such as books, so that the need for built space is reduced. Electronic linkage is substituting for physical accessibility and for convenient connection by the internal circulation systems of buildings, so that access imperatives no longer play such powerful roles in clustering and organiz- ing architectural spaces. And - as when an ATM screen rather than a door in a neoclassical edifice on Main Street provides access to a bank - computer-generated graphic displays are replacing built facades as the public faces of institutions.

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