DIGITALCITY: The Space In-Between

Advanced Architecture Studio 6

Spring 2013

Mario Gooden, critic, with Carson Smuts

According to Silviano Santiago in Latin American Discourse: The Space In-Between, “The major contribution of Latin America to Western culture is to be found in its systematic destruction of the concepts of unity and purity; these two concepts lose the precise contours of their meaning, they lose their crushing weight, their sign of cultural superiority, and do so to such an extend that the contaminating labor of Latin Americans affirms itself as it becomes more and more effective. Latin America establishes its pace on the map of Western civilization by actively and destructively diverting the European norm and resignifiying preestablished and immutable elements that were exported to the New World by the Europeans.”

The studio used advanced computational methods and parametric modeling to research, analyze and translate the “new collective spaces of expression,” “space of flows” and topological conditions of the transforming urbanism and rapid adaptation to the new global economy and cultural landscape underway in Rio de Janeiro.

The research engaged new types of relations and exchanges through data-mining of archival and live data via time-sharing social practices, social media and social networks that collapse virtual topology upon urban topography in order to allow for improvisation and adaptive responses to the space-time gaps between the “classes and masses” to create an increasingly complex heterogeneous in-betweeness that defines Brazil and Rio de Janeiro.


Carson Russell A/B/C
Xiaoshi Wang D/E/F