7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Of the thesis entitled: Spacebook: Networked Public Places in the Personalized Metropolis
In this research, two components of the public sphere were examined: virtual networks and physical public spaces. Physical public spaces were discovered as having been privatized through a number of policies of ownership and regulation. Virtual social networks were examined at two scales. The first explores these networks at the scale of the individual; in an attempt to understand the spatial implications of social networks, the second part explores the networks at the scale of the metropolis. This research proposes that we have produced a new condition, where the city is augmented and expanded by the individual’s networks, forming a personalized metropolis.
Spacebook proposes a set of public spaces, called Networked Public Places, which localize the global networks, and turn them into an interactive collective experience. NPPs are a set of interfaces operating at the border between online and physical public spaces. NPPs do not completely transform the public realm, but instead offer provocations for a way that architecture and information technologies can come together to benefit the public sphere. By embracing information as a public resource and asking what should (and can) be shared, Spacebook suggests a beginning of a more participatory and open public realm.
Mona El Khafif, University of Waterloo
Jordan Geiger, University of Buffalo
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Monday December 14, 2015
BRIDGE Centre for Architecture + Design - 37 Main St, Cambridge
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
37 Main Street
Cambridge, ON N1R 1V6