This seminar focuses on the spread of Silicon Valley’s interests beyond the space of bytes and bits, into the physical world of feet and inches. Historically the medium of architects, engineers, and planners, these professions now share the domain of physical space with cloud architects, data engineers, and network planners. Space has become a platform for hosting software. The tech sector is defined both by the ever-expanding reach of FAANG(Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) as well as the VC-fueled quest to scale startups into the next unicorn. Through case studies, weekly readings, and guest lecturers, we will examine the impact of companies such as WeWork, 2U, and Airbnb on the activities of working, learning, and living. We will explore how tech-culture is influencing traditional spatial practices and probe for opportunities to incubate new forms of professional agency. The course will conclude by looking at how the confluence of these forces is transforming the design of our cities.
Wed 1:00-4:00pm 1360 A&AB
Adam Koogler, Jesse Gaines