logistics studio

carbon

Carbon Credits

Rodrigo Piwonka

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Organ Transplantation

Derek Lindner

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American Flag Change Purse

Ingrid Campo-Ruiz

   
     


Fall 2006

In its inaugural semester at Columbia, the Network Architecture Lab investigates the role of logistics in the megalopolis of the Northeast seaboard. If contemporary culture is defined by the network, that definition takes place not only in the immaterial but also in the physical. This condition is not total, but rather imposes itself on existing infrastructures. For researchers in new media, the debate between the dominance of the real and the virtual is over, our interest instead being absorbed by the dialectical motion between the two. In place of dwelling on how the virtual will supplant the real ("this will kill that"), we seek to analyze how the virtual and the real hybridize and deform under pressure from escalating technological developments.