Hello World!

September 2016
Machines have long been integral to architectural discourse. Vitruvius concluded his ten books with a meditation on war machines, and Le Corbusier published on his industrial muses just over 100 years ago. Yet something is different today.

We have always learned from machines – our societies are fundamentally shaped by their processes – but now, machines learn. We live in paradoxical times. Machinic processes, computational algorithms and artificial intelligence have never been so proximate, direct, and intimate to daily life, yet we are many steps removed from their practical operations. This issue of Volume, the third in our Learning series, seeks to take one small step in the direction towards understanding the contemporary relevance of machines for architecture, and one giant leap for mankind.

Volume #49: Hello World! includes ‘In Loving Support’, a 32-page insert produced with Het Nieuwe Instituut on living and working with algorithms.


M. Christine Boyer, Doug Spencer, Benjamin H. Bratton, Kazys Varnelis, Orit Halpern, Nader Vossoughian, W J McKee, Shannon Mattern, Victor M. Sanz, Francesco Sebregondi, Kas Oosterhuis, Philippe Morel, Troy Conrad Therrien, Pierre Cutellic, Nicholas Korody, Sara Dean and Etienne Turpin, Ed Keller and Carla Leitao, Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds, Tim Maughan and Liam Young


Volume #49: Hello World!
Editor in Chief: Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom and Julia Neller
128 Pages
Soft-cover binding

ISSN 1574-9401
ISBN 9789077966495


Nick Axel
Editorial: Going Live
Christine Boyer
The Rational City
Doug Spencer
Out of the Loop
Benjamin H. Bratton
On Automation in The Stack
Kazys Varnelis
Architecture After the Event Horizon
Orit Halpern
Demo Life
Nader Vossoughian
W J McKee
The Ultimate Industrial Revolution
Shannon Mattern
Animated Aberrations, Rebellious Objects
Victor M. Sanz
Welcome to FutureLand
Abla El Bahrawy and Kendal Lucy Beynon
Robots on Screen
Insert: In Loving Support
Francesco Sebregondi
The Smart City of Gaza
Kas Oosterhuis
We, Robots
Philippe Morel
Social Physics and Democratic Suprematism
Troy Conrad Therrien
The Promethean Gift Economy
Pierre Cutellic
Machine Learning from Las Vegas
Nicholas Korody
Domestic Machines
Sara Dean and Etienne Turpin
Machinic Apprenticeship
Ed Keller and Carla Leitao
Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds
Here and Anywhere in the World
Tim Maughan and Liam Young
Where the City Can’t See