Digital Microcosm

University Of Pennsylvania School Of Design
Critic: Scott Erdy

Fall 2015

NSA Housing

Now a days, human society has been influenced by the sudden influx of technology, thus creating a plethora of ways to socialize without contact. Although
it is common knowledge that our actions online are often being monitored, we still use the internet as our social platform either way. The NSA housing seeks to
obtain information from residents for research purposes and the betterment of society. The other purpose is to also create public awareness of the digital world,
by creating a community that functions like the digital in that the people within the "Digital Microcosm" can see that they are being surveyed. Occupants within this
complex will experience a transparency in their living quarters, leading them to want to lead their rooms during the day. There will also be a usage of 3 different
internet speeds : Ultra fast internet for the public, Fast internet for the semi public Areas, and slow internet for the residents. This encourages interaction with other
people, but also draws a paradox within the awareness of the digital world and the supply of free fast internet. Another contradiction that is raised is the concept
of internet brinigng people closer physically together, as compared to the common assumption of detachment due to technology. The receding level of surveillance
as the program becomes more public is also an enticement for residents to interact as a community. The overall goal of this residential complex is to provide scholars
with a place to stay for free, while also activating their social lives. 

 

Street View Render

Street View Render

Preliminary Sketches

Axonometric Night render

Axonometric Night render



elevation.jpg

 
1/4' = 1' physical model

1/4' = 1' physical model

Combined Whole.jpg

physical model