• Digitalization Takes Command
    Lluís Ortega
    Actar Publishers, 2016
    Lluís Ortega

Sio2Arch (previously F451arquitectura)/Alejandro Zaera-Polo/Toni Guillamón/Enrique Romero, RGB Global, 2002, Venice, Italy.

The project is open and broad, which was a necessary condition for demonstrating the power of the turn brought about by digitalization. Most studies on the digital phenomenon carried out in the context of the discipline are focused on itsmore technical aspects, with expert discourses based on the standpoint of the optimization of existing processes. This project was inspired by a concern and a certain discomfort with respect to those positions, which are often underwritten by a positivist vision of reality. This concern gave way to the idea for a study rooted in a cultural approach to the phenomenon. Given the general tendency toward creating experts—a phenomenon that, on the other hand, is not exclusive to the field of architecture—and encapsulating knowledge, this text is meant to be based on a transversal vision, which can help non-specialist readers to understand certain complex phenomena.

Lluis Ortega cofounded F451arquitectura, rebranded as Sio2arch in 2014, an internationally awarded collaborative practice based in Barcelona, in 1999. Their work includes architecture, exhibition design and curatorship, interior design, urban design, and landscape architecture. He is currently associate professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and he has previously taught at University of Illinois at Chicago, at the Escola d'Arquitectura La Salle in Barcelona; the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Wien; the ETSAM, Madrid; and Harvard University's GSD (where he was assistant professor from 2006 to 2009); the ETSAB, Barcelona; and the University of Alicante. Ortega has edited or coedited several architectural publications, including Quaderns d Aquitectura: Urbanisme between 2003 and 2005; the 2G Monograph 14, with Gustavo Gili; Saques de Esquina in Pretextos, with Moises Puente; La Digitalizacion toma el Mando (Digitalization takes Command), with Gustavo Gili; and Platform 2008, with Actar.