ARCHITECTURE AS A KNOWLEDGEBASED TOOL:
THE ARCHITECTURAL TRANSFORMATION OF WORKSPACES
In these early days of the twenty-first century the pace of innovations in technological developments is phenomenal. A common example: the personal computers that we were using five years ago – which did not even exist about twenty five years ago – are now –for all intents and purposes useless today. The speed of technological innovations and product development has reached such an extent that almost every one of us has some outdated “technological” tool, which is yet to be “upgraded” to the latest technology. While many disciplines are in constant state of inquiry – both for understanding the factors that necessitate these fast paced developments, and ways of supporting and utilizing the developments themselves, is architecture merely accommodating these technologies – i.e., is it simply a “spectator”? Or, can architecture be a discipline or realm to support these fast paced technological developments and innovations, - i.e., is it a “player”? Which role is more appropriate for architecture, or which positions for architects can highlight architecture as an important force of this era of constant and rapid technological change and development?