I think we have some connection difficulty: a review of architectural vocabulary and representation in our condition of remote communication
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Master of Architecture (MArch)
The distance required to slow this pandemic created a need for Zoom technology in maintaining our economies of mental production and social closeness. Just like scientists examined the COVID-19 virus globally in its petri under the electron microscope, Zoom exposed our domestic interiors. This platform stitched together our personal existence into an infinite interior. To some extent this places Zoom attendees into a new space of vulnerability where the platform turns passive observers into active participants in a hyper self-aware virtual world where all are forced to share their fragile environments of everyday life.
While videotelephony software thankfully facilitated communication beyond just language, we lost the connectedness of a myriad of stereo sensations such as time, touch, gesture, and context. . . Using the architectural tools of drawings, scans, probes, and models at varying scales, one may better connect spatially their own space and empathize with other distant rooms.
This thesis proposes an addendum to the architectural discipline’s forms of representation and language in the framework of this past year’s spaciotemporal condition. A reexamination of vocabulary and representation may provide a model of how to curate our spaces for more empathetic connectedness.
Waite, David, "I think we have some connection difficulty: a review of architectural vocabulary and representation in our condition of remote communication" (2021). Masters Theses. 661.
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