A House for the Computer for the 21st Century

when technology makes life too easy it becomes unbearable


Marc Böhlen together with Hans Frei, RealTechSupport




floor plan, disclosure wall and alien with dog. Click on images for closeups

Should technologies really recede into the background and become invisible? Weiser got it all wrong. In an age when invisible (and controlling) technologies increasingly obfuscate relationships and causalities between people and objects, making life easier with slick technical inventions is no longer a desirable goal. We really don't need any more automatic garage door openers. Instead, we might want to reconsider the fundamental tenets of technology and how to work with it such such that life becomes richer, not just easier.

Here is a first draft that takes these observations into account.
(Presented at Cornell University on Oct 27, 2006).