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Moving target

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Dennis Crompton, one of the original Archigram Six, has expressed disappointment with one aspect of Frank Gehry's new Bilbao Guggenheim: 'The floors don't move.' Speaking to Kodwo Eshun of trendy i-D magazine, he criticises its lack of responsiveness to users, enabling the author of the piece to launch into near-mystical prose: 'As with Stirling's flesh walls in Schizmatrix or Ballard's biofabrics in Vermillion Sands, permissiveness means instantaneous tactile feedback. It amplifies the electronics of everyday life. In our era of ubiquitous computation, this kind of embedded cybernetic infrastructure is easily achievable and the fact that it doesn't exist anywhere suggests architecture still hasn't come to terms with Archigram's challenge to the solid building.' Just so.

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