Future Architecture

HUMANS INHABIT—NESTS, caves, tents, houses, or cubes piled one on top of another. One might even say that the act of inhabiting is inevitable because people need habit, because experience only becomes meaningful to us through habitual repetition. Theory of information tells us, for example, that it is only through repetition that a “noise” becomes information. Knowledge of information theory, however, is not required to understand that a wanderer who has no habitat will process information differently from those of us who have permanent homes. Medieval thinkers believed that we were all such aimless tourists, homines viatores; that we had lost our heavenly home and must roam erratically through this valley of tears called “the world.” For this reason, Maimonides wrote his Guide to the Perplexed in the 12th century. Today, we have our Guides Michelin when we leave our homes. And yet still

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