Technology is the answer, but what was the question?

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Monday 22 January 2018
6.30 — 8pm

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Technology is the answer, but what was the question?

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A conversation exploring the impact of digital technologies on architecture and the questions its application can raise for society and cities.

In 1966, the architect Cedric Price made the provocation, “Technology is the answer, but what was the question?”, intending to invite the audience at his lecture to search, question, and reconsider the impact of technological progress on architecture. Now more than 50 years on, this question is as relevant as ever. Here, the provocative statement acts as the title for the opening event of our 2018 programme, which will interrogate the effect the increased presence of technology is having on ways of producing, visualising and conceptualising architecture.

Traditionally presented as an answer to human needs and limitations, technology is now also transforming the way architecture is produced and the ways in which we interact with it, fostering adaptation and change in both individual and collective behaviour. Its impact has long been overlooked, creating an increasing techno-scepticism that is repositioning the human relationship to machines and their subsequent wider impact.

In this conversation, our participants will address a range of questions about the impact of digital technologies on society, architecture and cities.

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Monday 22 January 2018

6.30 — 8pm

Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1

£12, £6 concessions. Includes talk and drinks reception.

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