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Technology sometimes falls short

“I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms.”—Lebbeus Woods

This issue is a collection of stories about new technologies, about optimism, and about limits. A technological advantage that allows humans to travel to space, to build higher, longer, faster, or to bridge one condition or another may not always have the outcome that we really hoped for. And some technologies reshape our ways of thinking and living to such an extent that they themselves become platforms for new speculation.

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Starting From… The Bubble

A selection of objects, by Sina Najafi

The bubble is a wonder of surface tension. In its architectural interpretation, the bubble can be understood as a feat of engineering or as a metaphor for an enclosed hermetic environment. As such, the bubble emerges, in the architect Cedric Price’s words, “in any shape or any size” as a powerful symbol of the future, or becomes synonymous with the condition of isolation at the level of the individual, the sealed building, or in the planning of self-sustaining neighbourhoods, towns, or cities.

Filmed in the CCA’s Prints and Drawings vault, Sina Najafi describes some of the research and objects planned for exhibition, including work by Cedric Price, James Stirling, and Gordon Matta-Clark.
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Filmed in the CCA’s Prints and Drawings vault, Sina Najafi describes some of the research and objects planned for exhibition, including work by Cedric Price, James Stirling, and Gordon Matta-Clark.

This selection was developed with Sina Najafi, the editor-in-chief of Cabinet, as part of his research in our Collection for the magazine’s “Bubbles” issue,and it was displayed in our hallcases under the title Starting From… The Bubble.

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