Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Architecture (MArch)

Department

Architecture

First Advisor's Name

Gray Read

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Patrice Gerard

Third Advisor's Name

Claudia Busch

Date of Defense

4-28-2001

Abstract

As the objects of technology advance, today’s ubiquitous computers may soon vacate our desktops to inhabit society as cultural artifacts. This thesis explores individual’s relationships with current communication technologies. The consideration of scale in future information systems opens the door to opportunities for improvement. Architecture becomes the medium to relieve the issues of misinformation in Islamorada, Florida.

Future communication systems as conceptualized by the Cranbrook Academy of Art Industrial Design students, as well as similar systems implemented by M.l.T Media Lab students, were reviewed. Retrieving information will no longer be limited to the remote access of a computer. Information accessing will now involve interaction at an environmental scale, through the medium of walls, ceilings, furniture, etc. The examination of the Islamorada context reveals the challenge to design a progressive information facility, where island residents do not sense invasion by modern technology.

The Information Facility that I am proposing for the Village of Islamorada can best be characterized as an interface, where relationships are mediated between the individual and the invisible information world. By recognizing opportunities within the concept of interface, a media center emerges, providing Islamorada residents non-intimidating access to the advanced world of digital information.

Identifier

FI15101357

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