NETSCAPES visualized the complex ways in which internet culture pervades the built environment. In a new world of ubiquitous connectivity where more of our lives are conducted online, how might architects expand their toolkit by developing other representational modes to critically engage the invisible energies that shape and steer digital space? We addressed this question through three exercises that culminated in the design of videos exhibited online. Working in pairs and using a combination of drawings and animated collages, students developed a short narrative about a given topic from digital culture – from e-sports to e-trading to e-waste – and discussed the role that architecture plays in the story. To frame our conversations, we drew from an unlikely set of sources including post-Internet art, parafiction, film noir, corporate branding strategies, and urban theory. In the end, students created a netscape of interconnected image files and ideas, a visual artifact that attempts to make sense of the composite mess of our virtual lives.

ARCH 516: Architectural Representation, Winter 2020

TOPIC: iPhone Mineral Extraction / Cynthia Castro + Emma Schmitt

TOPIC: Fast Fashion / Nicholas Di Donato + Emre Guven

TOPIC: Facetune / Qile Ding + Yidong Yang

TOPIC: E-sports / Chunyang Xu + Yiyi Zhou

TOPIC: Rural Broadband Access / Ben Lawson + Jay Schairbaum + Kaylee Tucker

TOPIC: Ring / Kayla McCabe + Claire Shue

TOPIC: Data Centers / Liyah George + Shraddha Jain

TOPIC: Online Dating / I-Yun Yang + Yixin Zheng

TOPIC: WeWork / Sang Won Jee

TOPIC: Food Delivery Apps / Alan Escareño + Hana Saifullah

TOPIC: Peloton / Brian Pekar + Zachary Stewart

TOPIC: Fyre Festival / Kael Fineout + Alex Vernon

TOPIC: Smart Home Technology / Brady Preiss + Karina Tirado

TOPIC: Cryptocurrency and the Enigma Mine / Mac Carroll + Kartik Shah

TOPIC: Congestion / Motong Liu + Man Wu

TOPIC: Guiyu E-waste Village / Ying Cai

TOPIC: AirBnB Scams / Huiting Du + Xiang Yin

TOPIC: Amazon / Sarah Britain + Sia Saadati

TOPIC: Influencer Economy / Meredith Bickett + Torri Smith