early reviews of Digital Ground



" ...[A] way to think about how we might intelligently respond to the computer kudzu without letting it take over the garden."
-- Michael J. Crosbie, Architectural Record

This is an important book. Not so much for what it achieves for architecture specifically, but for its detailed scholarly critique of the present level of ubiquitous, embedded computing devices generally.
--David Harle, Leonardo Digital Reviews


It’s the best current book on interaction design, and should appeal to both designers and theorists.
--Andrew Otwell heyotwell

" I bought and read one standout book this year, Malcolm McCullough's Digital Ground, mixed in with many more that I enjoyed. Digital Ground stood out as it combined a lot of things I had been thinking about, but had not quite pulled together."
--Thomas Vander Wal, vanderwal.net, full review


" Like it or not, our physical environment is beginning to fill with embedded and ubiquitous computing devices. Are we attending sufficiently to their design and to their effects on our lives? How will they change our traditional notions of architecture? Questions largely ignored because they are too difficult -- or too painful -- to answer are confronted head-on in McCullough's thoughtful and provocative essay."
--B.J. Novitski, Managing Editor, ArchitectureWeek

" In Digital Ground Malcolm McCullough elegantly summarizes the past and present relations between architecture and computing, and constructs a solid foundation for future interaction between the two fields."
--Casey Reas, Interaction Design Institute Ivrea

" This is one of the most thoughtful books in the emerging field of interaction design. It is well argued and solidly grounded in both the literature and experience of computing. McCullough provides a powerful explanation for why design -- and interaction design in particular -- is emerging as a liberal art of the twenty-first century. Digital Ground is important for the professional designer, the student of design, and the general public."
--Richard Buchanan, Carnegie Mellon University

" Malcolm McCollough's book charts a significant, unexplored terrain confronting architects and society at large. Pervasive computing is embedded, networked, ubiquitous, and capable of not only sensing and processing, but acting as well. This new form of computing holds the potential to restructure physical space and our relation to it, and McCullough provides an articulate and readable introduction to this new world, both promising and troubling. Digital Ground is a solid, early contribution to what will quickly become an important field of study for architecture, planning, and urban design."
--Dana Cuff, Professor of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles