The vacuum of space isn’t empty. It is filled with a constant hum of virtual particles being created and destroyed. It turns out that a couple of scientists have succeeded in making virtual photons real by bouncing the virtual photons off a mirror moving near the speed of light. In this case the mirror is a an electric field.
There is a lesson in this for Architecture; space is never truly empty. It is always filled with the capacity to create and affect. At its heart, this is what Minimalism is about; it is trying to create mirrors to reflect the virtual into actuality. On the flip side, the abstract expressionism of much of the Architecture of the past decade was trying to express the virtual through the actual. It has always been there, but the change in perspective is interesting.
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