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SCImatic Design | A Project About What Architects Could Learn From Science Fiction Architecture

SCImatic Design – Q&A from SCIFI-Worldcon 2010 – Aussicon 4.

Here is a short summary of the disscussed topics of the SCImatic conference paper presented at the Science Fiction World Convention – Aussicon 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

Paper titel: SCImatic Design. Analysing the Architectural Utopia.

Q: What about the concepts of “cities“ in science fiction? Are there some concepts of  new urbanism?

A: As far as the study of SCImatic is concerned, it has not been a key issue in our research so far. However, we already disscused this topic and we agreed that in order to analyse this issue we have to dig much deeper. Most probably we have to draw conlusion from very few and unclear properties.

Q: Which role does the principle of the selffullfilling prophecy play, when thinking about applying these things in the “real world“?

A: I am sure that the principle of the selffullfilling prophecy plays an important role in this conetxt. It get however more difficult to re-evaluate the directions of influence – SCIFI to reality or reality to SCIFI. But it can been seen Continue Reading…

SCImatic Design at TU Trondheim

On friday, 25.02.2011, i had the great opportunity to present the idea of SCImatic Design at the Technical University in Trondheim. Lecture titel: SCImatic Design. An ongoing project about what architects could learn from Science Fiction Architecture.  Thank you for all the great questions and comments.

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SCImatic Design – at Aussiecon 2010

SCImatic Design

Analysing the Architectural Utopia

Uwe Unterberger, 2010


This paper is an extension of an interdisciplinary research project I have been working on that draws on theories and viewpoints of technology as well as the humanities, interrogating and elaborating on questions of current architecture and its relation to dynamics of knowledge and the contemporary knowledge society.

In the genre of science fiction, architecture is a secondary but interesting factor, which has not been explored in much detail, yet. It is high time to examine this background within the framework of the theory of architecture as well as in my specific case also from a perspective of the philosophy of science.

Engaging into the research area of SCImatic Design started by analyzing how knowledge, cybernetics 2nd order and the theory of self-organizing systems changes our perception of architecture in the knowledge society[1] and it still finds itself in the phase of general positioning. This paper contains two parts: First of all, the definition of terms and a fundamental categorization of Science Fiction Architecture and, secondly, a short depiction of the relevance and functionality of SCImatic Design. Continue Reading…

SCImatic Design auf der AUSSIECON 2010

Die AUSSIECON 2010 (wie sich die WORLDCON in Australien nennt) gab mir wie bereits angekündigt letzte Woche die Möglichkeit das Konzept des SCImatic Designs – also die Analyse von Science Fiction Architektur – dem dortigen Publikum näher zu bringen. Die 5 Tage dauernde Konvention war wie immer stark literarisch – und im akademischen Teil – literaturwissenschaftlich – ausgerichtet. Die Menge an neuen Betrachtungen und Fragen zum Thema SCImatic Design möchte ich gerne in weiteren Artikeln innerhalb der nächsten Wochen zur Diskussion stellen.

Der Vortragstext (auch zum Download) folgt in den nächsten Tagen.



SCImatic Design

Mit dem oben stehenden Titel und dem Untertitel Analysing the Architectural Utopia werde ich beim WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION ACADEMIC PROGRAMMING auf der 68. World Science Fiction Convention, vom 02. bis 06.September 2010 in Melbourne das unten stehende Abstract in ausführlicher Form präsentieren.

Was als interessante Idee begonnen hat wurde dann zu einem strukturierten Konzept. Die Kernfragen müssen aber in den nächsten Monaten noch sauber bearbeitet werden. Hier die Kurzfassungen:

Englische Fassung:

In the genre of science fiction, architecture is a secondary but important factor, which has not been well explored yet. It is time to examine this background within the framework of the theory of architecture. Multidimensional city development and energy as a structural element are only two examples of design elements, which open questions for a theoretical analysis: Which underlying functional and constructional conditions for architecture are valid in science fiction? In how far does the Continue Reading…

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