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




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