Greg Lynn's Embryological House: case study in the preservation of digital architecture

Introduction     Background     Animate Form     Digital Life     Technical Challenges     Other Challenges     Discoveries     Future Steps

The Embryological House is a seminal work from the late 1990s by American architect Greg Lynn. The Canadian Centre for Architecture, guardian of the physical models associated with the House, is in the process of acquiring its digital files. The purpose of this case study is to build the knowledge base and set out the strategies necessary for the long-term preservation of this archive. The study has two other general goals: to lay the groundwork for a broader strategy for acquisition and access of new media files at the CCA; and to contribute an understanding of specifically architectural preservation issues for DOCAM's broader project of the preservation and documentation of digital art.