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Our project is a conceptual translation of the experience of (accessing and understanding) data into a building. It juggles the concepts of being accessible, a spectacle, and informative. We perceive data in the form of flash drives, storage systems, the cloud, spreadsheets, zip files, etc. Data is objectified, yet the physical container that holds the data doesn’t inform or break down the data for you. A basic attempt to break it down may manifest as charts, spreadsheets, or other readable - but unassociated - data forms. Ideally, our project goes a step further, revealing the world of implication, information, and consequence hidden within the data.

Our project argues that advancement of technology does not necessitate its implementation into architecture, the public built environment does provide a medium for these technologies to be tested and used in an educational way.   The curves of the panels blend the floor and ceiling, dissolving the illusion of being inside a box with screens, immersing the user. The building acts as a panopticon, presenting the user with the uncomfortable reality that someone may be watching us no matter where in the world we might be. Like the Panopticon, our project seeks to unsettle the user by showing the world through a lens of total transparency. Due to the ephemeral nature of the surfaces of our project, it can act as a time capsule, a window into the past if you will, as the building ages and persists. It can exist as a temporary pavilion to educate Highgate’s current inhabitants, or exist as a permanent intervention to remind the future of how the landscape and world around them has changed since the project’s inception. Hopefully, the malleability/adaptability of the screen programming will create new experiences that will encourage people to make the journey out here and visit the true eye of London.

Completed: Fall 2023

Professors: Amber Bartosh and Vanessa Lastrucci

Project Group: Lucy Ziesing, Zander Leff, and Andrew Xu

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