ARC 590- Special Topics- Network: Environments, Scales and Interactions

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Course No.: 22183

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2014 Spring

Location: Hayes B – 01

Meeting Day(s): Thursday

Meeting Time: 10:00AM - 12:40PM

Faculty: Geiger, Khan, Steiner

The Spring 2014 “Nets” Seminar is the second in the sequence of
Situated Technologies Research Group intellectual domain courses
devoted to relevant theoretical and historical models for research in the
design of Situated Technologies. The Fall 2013 course is not a prerequisite
for this one.
The seminar explores evolving ideas of physical and data nets and
networks as they relate to architecture and urbanism, historically and
since the advent of pervasive computing technologies. Taking a broad
interdisciplinary approach the course draws texts from science,
engineering, information theory, aesthetics, philosophy, sociology,
media, art, architecture and urbanism. It includes primary texts as well
as their interpretations, providing a critical examination of the ideas and
their influence on technology and society. The course will explore three
blocks of content, loosely looking at notions of habitat and habitation as
they have been conditioned by ecological and technological discourse;
network topologies and the emergence of cross-scalar human-computer
interactions that range from tiny material innovations to the influence of
orbital satellite networks on our built environment.
The course will serve as a counterpoint to concerns around “network
ecologies” to be addressed within the STRG studio, but will also be of
interest to students interested related matters of urbanism, ecology,
human factors and material innovations in architecture.