The space we will live: Eco-camouflage and environment compaction
Contemporary living space is interconnected not solely with the subject of interior, industrial and household design or applied arts, but also with virtual and information interfaces. The virtualization of space already at the primary level of a design project becomes one of the key elements of the final implementation, since in the conditions of real space deficit and its alienation from the vast majority, its virtual expansion plays a decisive role, as long as the real environment turns into a virtual interface. Urbanization growth leads to the compaction of the live environment, caused by the alienation of living space not only from the Precariat, but also from the remnants of the middle class, as a part of the existing system of socio-economic relations. In the nearest future one should expect the rise of buildings (as well as entire residential complexes) with virtual eco-camouflage, based on advanced screen technologies, which will shape a new visual ecology. Eco-camouflage will perform the functions of “expansion” and harmonization of the environment, bringing forth the phenomenon that can be called pseudo-deurbanization. Eco-camouflage can also be expanded into the design of public space within the framework of all-sufficient urban areas arising to imitate nature. As a mass phenomenon, eco-camouflage will also considerably expand and re-form the template language that is used to describe and construct urban space (Alexander, 1977), possibly creating some completely new communicative patterns. Virtualization of real environment invites redefining of the supremacy of interface design over industrial design.