David Rockwell

The Future of Physical Space in the Society of the Digital Spectacle

An eclectic designer with a background in theatrical design, the founder of Rockwell Group discusses with Walter Mariotti the role of contemporary architecture in the age of Instagram and the metaverse

Does it still make sense to talk about the distinction between physical and digital space in a world where everything is moving in the direction of the spectacle? 

And how should the architect navigate between these two dimensions? 

David Rockwell and Domus editorial director Walter Mariotti discussed these and other issues related to the evolution of design culture.

We are concerned that technology will overwhelm physical space and social life. But I think we cannot replace physicality and tactility. Physical space, furthermore, has the advantage of immersivity and the characteristic of being discovered little by little, as in a journey. With the help of technology, the designer can create environments that tell a story, like the set design of a theatre

Foto in apertura © Mirko Cecchi


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