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Jeffrey L. Day

Date of this Version

Spring 5-5-2017


Horn, Kathryn J. "Possibilities in Post-Digital Architecture" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017


A THESIS Presented to the Architecture Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor Jeffrey L. Day. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2017

Copyright (c) 2017 Kathryn J. Horn


This thesis aims to define and understand the post-digital within architecture, beyond its critical contribution to the realm of architectural imagery. The theory that is developed, argues that a post-digital practice of utilizing sourced material can contribute to the discipline of the design of architectural elements, components, and spaces as much so as it may contribute to the development of architectural imagery. Despite the atmosphere of difference that characterizes the contemporary debate over the definition of the digital condition, there is shared agreement that the post-digital indeed reigns as the hallmark of a contemporary era that establishes itself as after-digital.

From this known I argue that the influence of extremely large data sets characterized in search-based consumption that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations within not only architectural imagery, but the development of post-digital architectural spatial constructs as well.

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