Book Launch DATAPOLIS
On June 1st, the first day of the Rotterdam Architecture Month, nai010 publishers launches DATAPOLIS, together with editors Paul Cournet, Negar Sanaan Bensi and several guests. Data has become a critical component of our lives ? when was the last time that you spent 24 hours offline? Despite such ubiquity, we hardly comprehend the mechanisms of this ‘infosphere’, a complex world that can be glimpsed through tangible and intangible means. This new publication looks into the materiality of data, its inherent ethical and political contradictions as well as cultural and environmental footprints
The editors will introduce their book and IABR director Saskia van Stein will moderate various talks about the spatial and physicial influence of data. Amongst others, the panels will be joined by Joost Grootens, Georg Vrachliotis, Kees Kaan, Paul Swagerman, Stavros Kousoulas, Gökçe Önal, Setareh Noorani, Marta H. Lundheim and Emma Chris Avramiea.
About the book
DATAPOLIS looks into the materiality of data, its inherent ethical and political contradictions as well as cultural and environmental footprints, by following two main trajectories: the first one attempts to define what ‘the cloud’ is and how it operates. From the systems and infrastructures behind the Internet to the apparatus, gizmos and buildings that can transcend scales and temporal dimensions. The second one explores how data penetrates our existence, not only by affecting the ways we live and work, or design and make cities, but by offering distinct ways of life and organization that otherwise would not have been possible.
Through various visual and textual materials, this book speculates on the ways in which architecture can engage with data and digital technology beyond its mere instrumental use in making (smart) cities.
The event takes place at on the first of June at Nieuwe Instituut and is free of charge. RSVP will be open shortly on the Nieuwe Instituut website.
You can already pre-order the book here.