Liquid Architecture in Hyperspace
Marcos Novak

“I use the term liquid to mean animistic, animated, metamorphic, as well as crossing categorical boundaries, applying the cognitively supercharged operations of poetic thinking”. Cyberspace becomes at the same time a “habitat of the imagination” and “a habitat for the imagination”.

Packer, Randall, and Ken Jordan, eds. Multimedia: from Wagner to virtual reality. WW Norton & Company, 2002, p.283.

In 1991, the Venezuelan architectural designer and researcher Marcos Novak (b.1957), who describes himself as a trans-architect, introduces the concept of “liquid architecture”, an ever-changing, dynamic, breathing architecture that exists only in the digital realm. In his Essay “Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace” (1991), he picks up William Gibson’s term of the ‘unimaginable complexity’ of cyberspace”, defining it as inhabited poetry. By applying the tools and devices used by poets to inflect language and its meaning to architecture, Novak’s understanding of space overcomes the rational constraints of Euclidian geometries and bends, morphs, and acts in response to the person inhabiting it.