Cloud Space: An Architecture of the Third Environment

by Sarah Michelle Chan

Institution: University of Washington
Year: 2018
Keywords: Data Visualization; Social Media; Tokyo; Architecture; Design; Architecture
Posted: 02/01/2018
Record ID: 2209626
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/40794


While todays society is becoming increasingly saturated by the technology of digital communication, there are few built traces of these complicated networks. Undetectable to the human eye and yet palpable in the impact of electronic devices on human existence, these overlapping networks of flowing information form a third environment, that exists in addition to those realms dominated by natural and human forces. If nature can be defined as the uncontrollable external forces of climate, atmosphere, plants and animals, the human environment is humans, the internal forces of mankind. The third environment, then, is composed of the invisible forces of information traveling between electronic devices and infrastructure. This thesis argues that architecture can become an interface between the third environment and physical world, and can facilitate a spatial understanding of these complex networks.Advisors/Committee Members: Proksch, Gundula (advisor), Miller, David (advisor).