Multimodal Accommodations for the Nomadic International Citizen [MANIC]

  • Kas OosterhuisEmail author
Part of the S.M.A.R.T. Environments book series (SMARTE)


In his book Towards A New Kind of Building and in this essay the author links current insights in astrophysics and natural physics to his theory of architecture which is based on the principles of swarm theory. He argues for the introduction of a personal time, which is the actual real time any person takes with him/her. The common notion of the fluidity of time is considered as an obsolete paradigm, while nature is seen as an extensive cellular automaton evolving is series of discrete steps. Gravity is seen as an emergent phenomenon as by-product of interacting information fields. From there the author builds the bridge to the connection of a universal ubiquitous booking system to the real time adaptivity of the game changing concept of multimodal accommodations for the nomadic international citizen. The nomadic citizen, freed from labour by the likewise ubiquitous robotic workforces, has been coined 50 years ago by the Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys in his visionary project New Babylon. Architecture is entering the age of the 4th industrial revolution. Via spooky actions at a distance architecture meets the world of quantum unpredictability.


Personal time No time Quantum field Information hubs Emergent gravity Spooky action at a distance Nomadic Computation Ubiquitous Multimodality Pop-up loft Internet of things and people 4th industrial revolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Qatar UniversityDohaQatar
  2. 2.Technical University DelftDelftThe Netherlands

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