Zwischen Service-Korridor und Ambient Intelligence

No king can do without a court, no lord without servants - and yet, alongside the concept of ruler architecture, the analysis of an architecture of service has remained largely neglected to date. The book offers various glimpses behind the scenes of power and into the service constellations that exist there and are made possible by architectural facilities. It traces a historical and interdisciplinary arc from ancient Roman villas to the service-providing function of corridors, the "smart homes" of the present, and the concept of architecture in software development.

  • Editor: Jasmin Meerhoff, Markus Krajewski, Stephan Trüby
  • ISBN: 978 3 8030 0817 6
  • Size: 15,7 x 23,3 cm. Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st edition, original edition


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  • The book focuses on the question of how space, media and user are in a service relationship to each other and how this is reconfigured in each case. The book brings together contributions from art and architectural history, sociology, and cultural and media studies. In addition to concrete buildings such as the Vienna Hofburg and the Houses of Parliament, hospital corridors and airport terraces are also the subject of the individual studies. Literary examples-from Franz Kafka’s stories, C.P. Snow’s Corridors of Power, and Petron’s Satyrica-are considered, as is the artistic work of Allen Wexler or the design of tunnels in computer games. A discussion of the architecture of the present and future is offered by analyses of ambient intelligence, the renaissance of the servant, and the design of digital servitude.

  • Editor Jasmin Meerhoff, Markus Krajewski, Stephan Trüby
    Text Anna Mader-Kratky, Carsten Ruhl, Christoph Neubert, Friedrich Balke, Jörg Potthast, Kate Marshall, Marcus Termeer, Moritz Gleich, Olga Osadtschy, Oliver Schürer, Stephan Günzel, Stephan Trüby, Ulrich Eigler und Rebecca Lämmle
    ISBN 978 3 8030 0817 6
    Size 15,7 x 23,3 cm. Hardcover
    Number of pages 464 pages
    Illustrations 89 Illustrations
    Languages German
    Edition 1st edition, original edition
    Release July 2017


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