Prof. Vernelle A. A. Noel guest-edited a special issue of Digital Creativity titled “Critical computational relations in design, architecture and the built environment” with Dr. Yana Boeva, scholar and researcher at the University of Stuttgart (IntCDC). When describing the articles in the special issue, the IntCDC writes, “The five accounts combine a specific empirical case (e.g., media architecture, heritage buildings, data practices in simulations, urban design, digital tufting, and crafts) with a critical reading of its computational relations. (e.g., through critical data studies, science and technology studies, digital humanities and oral history, feminist studies, or ethnography).”
Computation in design, architecture, and the built environment, and its practices, methods, and tools frequently offer ‘neutral’ and ‘optimized’ techno-solutions to (social) design problems. Such a portrayal of these computational infrastructures as neutral solutions that open participation in design hides the social, political, and environmental entanglements involved in their creation and expansion. This special issue spotlights power relations between computational practices, technology infrastructures, knowledge, and their reproductions of bias at multiple scales.
Cite the editorial:
(2023) Critical computational relations in design, architecture and the built environment: editorial, Digital Creativity, 34:2, 79-87,