May 2012


Back in the days when Virtual Reality was still new and hip, Internet looked very different too. Take a look at this scene from “Johnny Mnemonic”:

I guess, back in the days of early cyberpunk the space of the Internet was visualized as an actual SPACE, so reminiscent of our urban space. The ease and speed of navigation in that space might have been a bit worse, but the “architecture” of it was just über-cool, don’t you think? In that Space it was still you, who moved towards a web-page, not the page that moved towards you. Thus, I assume the experience of “browsing” was totally different and was closer to flight.

I bet that space would have run into all the same spatial issues, as our real space does (like: how do you grow effectively and not end up on the outskirts? – literally). Would it have allowed for such randomness of inquiries and links, and the lightning-fast “hopping” from point A to point D, to point R as the current Internet allows? I don’t think so. It’s exactly the a-spatiality of the modern Internet that allows for its speed.

Nevertheless, the Internet of the 90’s looked awesome! May-be beef-up the graphics just a bit, but that’s about it..

Long live cyberpunk!

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I thought I’d brag just a bit, if you guys don’t mind.

I was recently honored to be the first student ever to get an exclusive profile featured in the Virginia Tech’s “Global University” newsletter. GU is a publication devoted to acknowledging and promoting Virginia Tech’s international accomplishments. Take a look at the spread with my profile below:

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If you are interested in the whole publication, here is a link where you can find pdf’s of all their issues so far:

Virginia Tech Global University Newsletter

Huge thanks to the GU for the interest in my work and the honor of being featured!

Reading a really interesting blog about future of architecture, future and architecture and architecture of the future – decided to share. Take a look:

Past Shock

At the launch of Alejandro Zaero-Polo’s new book “The Sniper’s Log. Architectural Chronicles of Generation X” at the Storefront for Architecture, last Friday:

In the panel left to right: Peter Eisenman, Anna Pla Català , Michael Meredith, Jeff Kipnis, Sanford Kwinter, Bernard Tschumi, Cynthia Davidson, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Bjarke Ingels, Stan Allen and Eva Franch i Gilabert.