20/20(+10) examines how media informs our worldviews, sets the tempo of social and political actions and, like architecture, frames collective experience. All projects in this section are situated in the year 2030.

We are surrounded by media objects that enable many of our connections and behaviors. This physical stuff – wires, screens, adapters, routers, antennae, servers, and more – sets the substrate of our milieu. These networked devices establish the parameters of what is possible by recalibrating experiences of time and constructing relations of power. Since media objects are made of raw materials mined from the earth and continually subsume previous technological forms, they are entangled in nonlinear geophysical durations that affect how we engage one another and the planet. We regularly convene around these mediating artifacts, likely inattentive to their involvement in exploitative systems and overtaxed ecologies. If our reality is evermore conditioned by the materialities of media, how might we critically engage and reorient this stuff to suggest other ways of being in the world?

The projects in this section consider the many ways that our built environments and media environments are co-constitutive. How does the tech industry’s obsession with obsolescence and innovation produce new attitudes toward waste, archiving, and memory? What technologies can promote civic engagement or collective care? How do architecture and screen technology conspire to redesign human bodies and subjects? In what ways do the geopolitics of fiber-optic cables perpetuate injustice? How might a closer look at the attributes of interfaces, databases, and drives revise our understanding of building systems, organization, and program? The students in 20/20(+10) leverage the multiple temporalities afforded by media technologies to articulate possible near-futures for architecture.
Faculty Advisor:
Cyrus Peñarroyo

Image: Jon Rafman, You are Standing in an Open Field (Mount Adams, Washington)