Home Territory and Identity: J. Macgregor Wise – 10 Dec

The author  discusses the notion of home and the theory of identity and know territory. He says that home may not be defined as a place alone, but a sense of home can be developed in any space by the practice of habits alone. He goes on to say that space needs to be personalized for it to feel like home. He gives an example of a child singing to himself in order to take control of his fear and provide comfort.

 There is a connection between home and culture “one culture which differs from another based on how each culture assumes its territories”.  Wise goes on to state that home is a process. He defines an architect as a person who can create space but it is the user who inhabits it and makes it home thus an architect in true sense of the term is not a home maker.

  1. How different is space inhabitation from dwelling?

The Smooth and the Striated: Deluze and Guattari – 7 Dec

The authors discuss the difference between smooth and striated space and how they relate to each other. They state that things are rarely either smooth or striated — that most things are in a constant process of becoming one or the other. The two types of spaces essentially exist in the state of synthesis “we must remind ourselves that the two spaces in fact exist only in mixture: smooth space is constantly being translated, transversed into a striated space; striated space is constantly being reversed, returned to a smooth space”.

Smooth spaces are like that of the ocean or the desert; it appears as one continuous entity. Striated spaces on the other hand feel much more controlled and rigid, have limits, and focuses on points.

1. What is the real relationship between striated and smooth spaces?

Biological Sovereignty: Eugene Thacker- 3 Dec

The author addresses the issues of biological sovereignty and its effects on society. Emerging infectious diseases and bio-terrorism are fear provoking, Countries and there governments look at bioterror as a real threat and invest seriously in countering this threat.

An epidemic has a particular power to strike fear into the heart of the population specifically because it is invisible and has no clear bounds. An epidemic behaves as a flock that operates on simple rule – infects and replicate. The fact remains that we are going to have more waves of fear mongering in future.

  1. How prepared are we architecturally to defend and deal with the demands that bio- terrorism might impose in the future?

The Rise of Network Culture: Kazys Varnelis – 3 Dec

The author introduces the article by explain how the network technology has affected the society. The line between the virtual world and the real world is becoming blurred by the day. He looks at — a culture in which the daily existence of humans is interweaved with the use of and connection to machines.

The increase of online interactions has changed the nature of interaction between people. While personal interactions have reduced virtual interactions have sky rocketed. From the rise of social networking sites and virtual gaming portals alone one can estimate the shift in the spectrum of communication.

We are truly living a network experience.