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"The Dancing Sparkles" by Yulu Wang and Yixiao Wei
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Virtual Presence: Toward an Architecture Without Materials

IDEAS Technology Studio
2021

The goal of the IDEAS Technology Studio is to investigate the relationship between architecture and contemporary technological paradigms on artificial intelligence, robotics and Extended Reality (XR). This year's “Virtual Presence” studio will explore the intersection of the physical and digital worlds as a synthesized environment that enhances communication among people, where methods and consequences of virtualization of architectural environments will be the main focus.

Constructing architecture enhanced by and built with media, the “Virtual Presence” studio will investigate scenarios where occupants of such architectures travel seamlessly between the digital and physical worlds. Although the native stasis of architecture has traditionally been in the domain of the physical world, what the current natural disasters (the pandemic, wild fires etc.) has shown us is that we will progressively rely more on virtualization of real world contexts for work, socialization, economy and entertainment as the natural world continues to become more contentious to human health and comfort due to climate change. As a very material-centric discipline, architecture often takes pride in its role as the orchestrator of the physical construction of the world. Our current reality however requires us to question such fundamental basis of architecture and re-focus our attention to its essence; the construction of artificial environments for human occupation, whether they are digital or physical.

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