'Hack-Make' is the title of Meyers' latest lecture, presented in Ankara, Turkey. In December 2013, Meyers was the invited International Juror for the 2013 Turkish Archiprix. The judging took place on December 2 and 3rd. The prizes were awarded on December 6th, when Meyers also gave a public lecture, 'Hack-Make: Architecture at the Scale of the Hand'. The lecture includes ideas to support Hacker Maker spaces, and Hacker-Maker Faires.
‘Hack Make// Architecture at the Scale of the Hand’ Why the Hand? The Hand is that part of our body that makes things. The hand holds pencils, and, today, holds and orients the computer mouse.
There are studies that demonstrate that older people develop Alzheimers if they do not walk. Babies develop language skills by crawling. We, as humans, only understand how to design intelligently by using our body – especially our hands in the process of Thinking and Making.
I am going to focus this post around Architectural Biogenesis (meaning architecture that is self-replicating of itself, or of its embedded functions), Landscape and Urban Design,and the impact of : Robotics, Rapid Prototyping,and New Media. How do we use our hands when we think, and when we make things? Especially today, when we have a disembodied hand that swipes computer screens, and expects a Visceral response from that Swipe. The Hand Swipe is starting to move into all areas of popular culture. Thas an effect on Architecture - because architecture is not disembodied. It is Embodied, and it is heavy, and it weighs a lot.
Already, today, in 2013, we all take the ‘hand swipe’ for granted, as part of everyday reality. The hand swipe was only available as a tool for computerized interactions. These Forces have combined to have a big impact on how we design architecture.
Global Architecture at the Scale of the Hand. Hack-Make!