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Prototypes of the Informational Revolution

In an attempt to save and evolve architecture from the realms of becoming a static and inanimate background noise to our highly dynamic digital culture, Dip 1 set out to design a series of investigative prototypes for the ongoing and all encompassing informational revolution.
Through a series of workshops, lectures and conversations with invited guests, we engaged and adapted a number of simulative technologies, physical computing and sensor based data models that lead to a first installation based exhibition the end of January, showcasing and articulating a newly formed position towards actual and virtual design vectors and site contextual definitions.
After a short trip to the artificial political enclave of Hong Kong, build on reclaimed grounds and concrete retained montains, the propability driven gambling territories of Macao and the manufactured landscapes of Shenzhen, we returned to the city of London, enabled, inspired and equipped to convert, fuse and translate actual and digital impulses into the basis of what we regard as a dynamic site condition within this year’s testing ground of a changed urban condition – the city of London.
Set within this area, that epitomises the tension between the scarcity of the real and the abundance of the virtual, we ventured out to manipulate the complexities of today’s shifting relationship of existing and outdated political, ecclesial, cultural, and economical tectonics into a set of speculations and prototypical architectures situated and bound, in the in-between of data highways, sensorial accumulations, social web applications, CCTV, data archives, high frequency trading, GPS – tracking systems, Skype and web 2.0 platforms.
Hye-Ju defines an architecture of high frequency trading between simulation and the physicality of latency and time within the matter of our global fiber-optic network, constituting the next london stock market, a point of reference in a newly structured system of dynamic timezones. Yeon and Kitty are re-articulating the relation between the virtual construct of ecclesial architecture and perception in the context of St Paul’s Cathedral and the notion of continuum and palimpsest, while Harijs and Yoo-Jin are re-evaluating the notion of political space, communication and propaganda in a time of digital representation and the ancient grounds of the City of London’s hierarchically structured Guildhall. Kin and Adrian are encompassing an architecture on and below the grounds of the Royal exchange, away from the existing copied shopping center, into a construct of shared public probability models and infrastructural hybrids, consisting of the London Underground’s piston effect and heat sensitive data exchange of 300.000 Bankers. In the tradition of Gandhis ruination painting, Wesley and Kevin imagine the end of the Bank of England, the second oldest and most secretive federal bank system, transformed into an open ended reactive dinner party or the hedonistic endless party ground, based on Richard Brautigam’s lost promise of liberation and freedom through virtuality, cybernetics and the network. James and Ji working on the idea of invisibility in the realm of the all seeing surveillance of the city , excluded from the freedom of information act, they are envisaging the electromagnetic void traveling through a city of information addicted banks and the ultimate state of control by articulating an architecture of soft malleable cloaking, hiding the economic fatalities of a failed Insurance system – fog.

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