Network Culture

Network Culture is a major Netlab project that sets out to synthesize a historical understanding of our era, coming to terms with the changed conditions in culture, subjectivity, ideology, and aesthetics that characterize our new, networked age. We explore the network not merely as a technology with social ramifications but rather as a cultural dominant that unites changes in society, economy, aesthetics, and ideology.

Simultaneous Environments

In Simultaneous Environments, the Netlab eschews graphical representation for photographic representation to suggest that the invisible is already made visible through the body language and behavior that we engage in while utilizing contemporary technology. 

New Typologies

Prosaic building practices are far from glamorous, but as their investigators—from Alois Riegl to Walter Gropius to Le Corbusier to Siegfried Giedion to Bernard Rudofsky to Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown to Rem Koolhaas—have repeatedly taught us, they are a constant challenge and inspiration to architecture. In the spirit of such work, the Netlab sets out on an inventory of today’s typologies across a broad spectrum, examining how network technologies and changing ways of life are impacting the architecture of the everyday.

Infrastructural City

The research that the Netlab undertook on the role of infrastructure in the contemporary city was published in the Infrastructural City, published in December 2008.

Since then, the national attention being given to the topic has led the Netlab to continue its work on the topic. See A Hacker's Manifesto and Systems Gone Wild for some of our recent thoughts.

Network City

Network City is the Netlab’s major, multi-year project on the contemporary city. Network City explores how the spread of broadband and wireless networking technologies and the increasing forces of globalization during the last ten years have broadly transformed the way we regard the urban environment.

The Architecture of Interfaces

The Architecture of Interfaces will be an online history of the architecture of computation.

Los Angeles, The Infrastructural City

pavement with underground service alerts
[underground service alerts denoting fiber optic lines in telecom district, downtown Los Angeles] 

Edited by Kazys Varnelis

Published by ACTAR in collaboration with the Columbia GSAPP NetLab
and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design

Funded in part by the Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and Architecture

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