Augmentations of the Real

Augmentations of the Real: A critical interrogation of therelationship between theactual, the virtual and the real


Matias del Campo, Sandra Manninger


Architecture, Virtual Reality (Computer Graphics), Phenomenology, Augmented Reality, Construction, Theory of ornament, Computational Design, Patterns, Stereotomy, Descriptive Geometry, History of Masonry Architecture, Postdigital, Human-Robot Collaboration, Digital Tectonics, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, Alien Phenomenology, COLUMNS, HoloLens, Hypostyle Halls, Fologram, differential growth, Autonomous Tectonics 


Augmentations of the Real presents itself as an occasion to critically interrogate the opportunities that Augmented Reality presents for the discipline of architecture. The problem was illuminated from different angles, reaching from aspects of the augmentation of spatial experiences through articulation and ornamentation, to aspects of AR as an aid in advanced construction methodologies. Special attention was given to the fact that these techniques seamlessly fuse aspects of symbolic culture with considerations of materialism. Augmentations of the Real is profoundly embedded in speculative territories. Moments of uncertainty collide with aspects of precision and control. The result is not an imitation of the former but rather a contemporary interpretation. The foundation can be discerned in the possibility to overlap various experience levels, which allows mining for potentialities in contemporary ornamentations. To this extent, Augmentations of the Real can be considered part of the discussion on PostDigital discourse in Architecture.

Figure 1. Closeup of the Digital Hypostyle as shown at the Digital Futures
Exhibition Shanghai 2018

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