HYBRID SPACE: DESIGNING THE INTERFACE OF PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL PUBLICS - Isaac Fresia

Student Name: Isaac Fresia

School: Dalhousie University

Degree Program: M.Arch

Title of Project: HYBRID SPACE: DESIGNING THE INTERFACE OF PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL PUBLICS

Location of Project: Halifax

Year of Project: 2019

Brief Description of Project

The term “mixed reality” (MR) describes an environment comprised of real-time, spatially-linked physical and digital content connected through the interface of digital technologies. While social and technological trends indicate a shift toward MR-enabled environments as our primary means of engaging with networked resources, there has been little attention paid to the holistic design of this nascent hybrid space. Public space, in particular, has been split into two realms: an often-neglected physical and a siteless and detached digital. Here, the design of hybrid space holds the most potential and the most friction. How can the design of hybrid space reconnect our physical and digital social spheres into a new hybrid public? The task of the architect is to ensure that the evolution of spatial typologies in this new hybrid public reflects our societal values and enhance our communal quality of life. This project attempts to develop a grammar for the design of both the physical and the digital halves of hybrid space. The grammar is then tested against a series of design interventions proposed for varied public spaces. Each of these interventions is driven by program centred around public interaction and sociability.

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