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Mimicry of spatial forms of a modern city

Journal: The Digital Scholar: Philosopher’s Lab (Vol.1, No. 4)

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Page : 168-178

Keywords : city; spaсе form; technogenic civilization; virtuality; digital society; changeable reality;

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The article focuses on the analysis of a new type of urban space. The reasoning proceeds through consideration of various aspects of the socio-spatial organization of a modern city. The aim is to identify the specific features of urban space in the era of digital and information technologies, which will allow to formulate a new attitude to the construction of the human life world in a technogenic society. The author concludes that the today's formation of cultural forms is directly related to the influx of new information, so the monumental static image of the city of past eras is becoming exhausted. The modern culture of the city is a continuous updating and movement of information, with architectural forms expressing this reality, being, in fact, a product of complex engineering: people live in an environment of technological artifacts that form a dynamic set of “networks”. Within the accelerating urban life, the ambiguity and mobility of socio-spatial forms lead to a reduction in the perception of the meanings of the urban environment where the original meaning is becoming lost in the “mosaic” of constant space transformations. The focus is on the emotional and aesthetic aspect of the per-ception of space in which the form forms its own plans of reality, which, in our opinion, are most accurately described through the biological concept of “mimicry”. Mimicry becomes a kind of synthetic language within which humanity is forced to “talk” to oversaturated information and extremely complicated volatile environment. Thus, the development of technogenic civilization has not only changed our way of life, the language of culture and our thinking. The principles of human interaction with the environment have moved to a fundamentally different level: the forms of the modern city are now designed to reflect the changing state of human consciousness rather than express their own meanings. The mimicry of form has become an expression of transparency and virtuality of our contemporary being.

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