In the last few years, we have experienced a new social revolution, which is almost entirely due to the tidal wave of social media services. Technology has made it increasingly easier and faster to communicate and interact with people that we already know and even easier to meet new people, based on similar interests, locations and much more. The ability to communicate with hundreds of thousands of people is quite literally at our fingertips through the use of mobile phones and devices.
People rely on these new forums not only to communicate and exchange ideas across vast distances, but also to receive peer criticism and advice, to gain knowledge, to understand new cultures… In a sense this revolution has redefined the “community” by disposing of physical boundaries to extend beyond the physical neighborhood, city and even country; Community has become global.
This revolution has also changed the rate at which we receive information as well as dictate the exact form of information we receive. Within minutes of sitting at a computer, and a few clicks of the mouse, information on almost any topic is available at our fingertips.
It has however taken its toll on our physical communities, especially in urban settings. We still maintain interest in our physical community, but the time and energy spent on maintaining a virtual presence far outweighs that of the physical.
Our goal is to re-create our physical communities, not by disregarding social media and its influence, but by taking its influences to integrate the community as another forum of this revolution. We are interested in creating new cultural “centers” which rely on the principles of social media services and introduce them to a physical environment in a manner which is as dynamic as the community it serves and the ways in which the its members interact.
This cultural “center” will delegate interactions of a community into three different elements, information, performance and exhibition and will act as an intervention within the fabric of the community. These spaces will not rely on a specific place but a specific set of conditions in order to create a sense of flexibility and mobility. This no longer confines the center of a community within physical boundaries, but allows a range of existence within the community as a whole. With the use of Sensory architecture, this “building” can break from the confines of a static building to become an entity which influences the user, and vice versa, can be influenced by the user; To create a space that is highly adjustable, adaptable and transformative.
With these ideas in mind, a community in which this system exists has the opportunity to dictate the physical location, the manner in which it is used, the information to which it is exposed and in essence, constantly redefines itself as the interests of its members evolve.
Pratt Undergraduate Thesis
Professors: Michael Su, Chris Perry
Team Members: Mohammod Alam, Xuedi Chen, Alejandra Obregon, David Evancho