Advanced Architectural Design
Studio V fa 2012
"Cities in their present context are modern inventions, and as the new electronic pathways that crisscross the globe circulate and readapt images of the modern city,
they also produce desire for tourism that fuels new contacts and movements within already clogged global travel circuits, unraveling the strict hegemonic tendencies that have always made it difficult to read the map of spatial difference." From "Introduction" in Undersiege Four African Cities, Okwui Enwezor
Media/Memory/Multitude examined networks of media and temporalities that link people, institutions, and places in the vibrant global hub of Johannesburg, South Africa. The first half of the semester, the studio researched the topological, temporal, and cultural conditions of media systems: mobile telecommunications, social media, various media networks, and other forms of cultural media. The other focus of research examined infrastructure as a form of spatial/temporal mediation between residents: these included water, waste, electricity, and various routes of transport. The first four weeks students attended workshops introducing techniques of data mining and parametric modeling that allowed these systems and phenomena to be studied in magnitude from the global to the local along with how they change over time. These animated models (time based) and conventional mappings (palimpsests) captured the dynamic temporal and spatial dimensions of these systems and networks. The studio made a weeklong visit to Johannesburg midway in the semester for reviews, research, and workshops at GSAPP’s Studio X JNB. Drawing on this rich body of research, the studio developed propositions for the iMaginarium, a research center dedicated to the study and artistic production of new media sited in Maboneng district and a research station sited elsewhere in the city.