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1-2(9-10)/2001, p. 97

Barbara Widera
High-tech in architecture and clothing

    Features, typical for high-tech, become visible in many fields of designing. In clothing, similarly as in architecture, we can observe a common tendency to use and express the latest technology. The similarities arise from the same origins. In high-tech these are advanced space technologies.
    Expressive forms in architecture are obtained by exposing the skeleton of the structure and bold, large-scale designing. In high-tech buildings, construction is a kind of manifestation of modern technology possibilities. Technology affirmative forms are used instead of the ornament, in its classical meaning. The highest quality and ultramodern general look are particularly important. In the sphere of attire, the logical character based on ergonomics is emphasized.
    High-tech works are planned to stay modern and functional during the whole using process. Therefore, the topic of flexibility has been brought up. Architects employ solutions allowing to introduce changes in the inner structure of buildings, as well as eventual extensions. Fashion designers make efforts to adjust clothes to the user’s varying needs. That is why the so-called „intelligent materials” are becoming more and more popular. Not only are they able to recognize those needs, but also these materials can adapt themselves to fulfill that which is expected (e.g. by regulating temperature and moisture on the skin surface). Likewise, many advanced control systems have been introduced into high-tech buildings (e.g. regulating ventilation, air conditioning and heating or stimulating sunlight inflow). Much stress has been put on the protection of natural enviroment, in accordance with the superior goal – the broadly understood benefit of mankind.
    Between each field of designing, there is a transfer of information and technology. Fashion designers use technical fabrics, so far restricted to industrial use. On the other hand, materials from the textile industry have been introduced into architecture.
    Synthetic fabrics and the so-called improved traditional materials gain in popularity. Although the authors are most concerned with the futuristic character of architecture and clothing, some creative references to tradition are made.