Today, digital technologies are often presented as the ultimate solution for cooperating and living in a globalised world, connecting people and places, and making our landscapes and actions more efficient. However, the use of these new technologies also raises questions of privacy, security, sustainability, health and dependency, creating radical transformations in the relationship between people and the environments they inhabit as well as the boundaries between humans and technology.
Invisible Landscapes will make visible the often-invisible presence of digital technologies in our lives and everyday environments. From the home to the city, the Royal Academy will invite practice-based researchers to present new work through three interconnected acts. Their installations will address how architecture can respond and engage with emerging contemporary issues around technology, and suggest new ways of being, belonging and living.
Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are technologies gaining ground in the architectural world, opening new spatial possibilities that blur the boundaries between virtual and physical, real and fictional. The potential is endless and can go as far as the imagination will allow. The third act looks at how architects embrace this in their creative process, and the role architecture might play in an augmented future.