Patrick Horne - Preserving Reality
The Post-Internet Town Hall speculates on which physical architectural functions might remain in a future where traditional architectural functions are increasingly shifting online.
It is now possible to work, learn, shop, pray and even fall in love online, whilst the advance of virtual reality technologies is making our new-found digital inhabitation more visceral, socially acceptable and hence profitable each day. The scheme proposes five architectural functions that cannot exist without physical grounding, united by a civic narrative. The project concludes in an exploration of the panorama as a new form of experiential drawing technique, whereby two-dimensional illustrations are spatially translated and tested through VR technologies. The drawings illustrate our newfound cross-inhabitation between physical and digital worlds, and are drawn from the perspectives of visitors.