Unfortunately, a massive sellout of all bus tickets to NYC precluded my attendance, but Pidgin launched its 16th issue last night! (If you haven’t been lucky to have had your hands on one yet, Pidgin is the publication edited and designed by graduate students at the Princeton University School of Architecture.) Much as I like to promote fellow archi-student publications, I have a little bit of a stake in the issue: an article! “Networked Reality and Institutional Gossip” is an essay by myself and Zheela Qaiser based on a research project we did with Elizabeth Galvez in Ana Miljacki’s Precedents in Critical Practice class.
You can buy Pidgin 16: Fiction online! I can’t wait for mine to come in the mail.
Some excerpts of our essay and the original research dossier below:
“As architects, we think a lot about how we place ourselves and others in the physical world. We’re concerned with spatial relationships, proximities, and movement. We create narratives for how our buildings will be occupied and the kinds of relationships and behaviors they will foster as a result of our design decisions. Despite our preoccupation with physical space, we may not explicitly think about how we place ourselves within networks; the invisible webs of relationships, social operations, and strata that make up the weaving interconnections between the people we know, work for, and learn from.
Network connections are important because ultimately, the majority of opportunities and choices we face are shaped by the people around us,
and their direct or indirect influence. Relationships determine career trajectories, design biases, and school pedagogy. The subsequent diagrams, and this mode of thinking, which we call networked reality, visualize the connections that influence our work and zeitgeist, and allow us to recognize what fictions we accept as reality…… “