Organised by Space Popular (Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg) & James Taylor-Foster

Architecture of the Immersive Internet

Series: Symposium
Date: Friday 1 March 2019
Time: 10:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

Organised by AA Inter.One tutors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg together with James Taylor-Foster, Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design at ArkDes, this symposium at the Architectural Association in London will bring together technologists, storytellers, designers, and architects to create the first draft treatise on the Architecture of the Immersive Internet.
Recent developments in virtual technologies increasingly point to the possibility of a three-dimensional future for the Internet, persistently mapped over the entire planet. The inhabitable internet might eventually become a collective place for all humans to live, work, and play. Based on this assumption, what will the spatial internet look and feel like? How should we value it? How do we make it fair, safe, and equal for all? Who—if anyone—will own and govern it?
In the context of the immersive, inhabitable Internet, the role of the architect is ambiguous and their responsibilities remain unclear. One does not need an architect to construct physical spaces, nor to construct the two-dimensional graphic worlds we now inhabit. Will we need architects to conceptualise and construct three-dimensional virtual spaces? In short, should the essential role of the architect evolve faster, and sooner, than it has ever been required to before?
We see an urgency to formulate possibilities and principles for how our future digital lives—blending our intellects, emotions, and bodies— communities, and values, will be shaped.

Kent Bye, Andreea Cojocaru, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Fredrik Hellberg, Jeff Yu-Fu Huang, Dalia Matsuura Frontini, Luke Jones, Lara Lesmes, Anna Mill, Paula Strunden, Nathan Su, James Taylor Foster, Sebastian Tiew, Ben Vickers, Yasemin Yesilipek, Nicholas Zembashi

10:30 - 11:00      INTRODUCTION
11:00 – 13:00     MORNING PANEL
14:00 – 16:00     AFTERNOON PANEL
16:00 – 17:30     TREATY DEBATE
17:30 – 18:00     TREATY SIGNING
18:30 – 19:30     TREATY DECLARATION

Image: Draft for a Virtual Seal for the Architectural Association. Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg, 2019.

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