Cybernetics for Architects

Ranulph Glanville

This lecture will examine cybernetics for architects.

It starts with cybernetics as it was at the time of the Fun Palace and Cybernetic Serendipity Exhibition, and describes what has happened since, in a period when cybernetics seems to many to have almost disappeared and when much of what cybernetics offered architecture has become identified with other subjects. At the same time, scarcely known recent developments in cybernetics can be seen to have even more to offer than the older cybernetics of 1968.

Rather than try to translate cybernetics into architectural terms, we shall discuss the transformation of cybernetics, why and how it happened, and what this could mean for architects and architecture. It is for you to make the architecture!