- Datapolis e-book
Exploring the footprint of data on our planet and beyond
> What is the 'Cloud' and how does it operate?
> Includes academic papers, short essays, a historical timeline and a catalogues of gizmos, maps and diagrams, speculative proposals in sophisticated and detailed drawings and photographs
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.
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.
DATAPOLIS is edited by Negar Sanaan Bensi and Paul Cournet.
ISBN 978-94-6208-719-4 | June 2023 | expected | Paul Cournet, Negar Sanaan Bensi o.a. | design: Studio Joost Grootens | photography: Paul Swagerman | English | paperback | 17 x 24 cm | 256 pages | illustrated (200 full color) | in conjunction with: TU Delft | with support from: Creative Industries Fund NL, Climate Institute TU Delft