RECOGNITION 2015 USC SoA Faculty Award for Best Thesis Project, Deliniation and Innovation nominee, Featured in INDEX 2013-15 publication
A new spatial awareness arises at the intersection of the physical and virtual dimensions. Because of the digital realm, public activities now happen in private places. Our homes have transformed into public playgrounds. We are constantly connected to the online world, constantly living in a public state. More than 65% of the average person’s leisure time is spent indulging in online shopping, video gaming, social media, internet surfing, watching television, and participating in other areas of the virtual public realm. Today, the windows through which we experience the virtual world are objects such as our computer screens, tablets, and smart phones. Tomorrow, it will be the built environment.
In the book, Physics of the Future, renowned physicist, Michio Kaku wrote, “By 2050, the fruits of nanotechnology will be everywhere, but hidden from view... Nanotechnology will be distributed in the environment, hidden away, beneath the surface of our consciousness.” When virtuality becomes a building material, the physical and virtual dimensions will collapse upon each other, making people more connected than ever before. People, objects, and spaces will exist in a global simultaneity.
Today, virtual globalization is leading the world to physical isolation and fragmented participation in the public realm as the online sphere has become the most convenient public place. Simultane(c)ity aims to combat these issues by uniting the physical and digital dimensions. Spaces within the design are dynamic to adapt to the constantly changing spatial needs of individuals while providing a global network of public spaces that exist and operate concurrently through virtual connectivity.