Data on the Edge



As information is becoming more digital and subsequently more data is being produced, there is a greater need for more reliable data storage methods. Edge Computing, storing data locally rather than in large data centers, brings the data back to the people who generate it and provides the opportunity for a physical infrastructure. This infrastructure will act in a similar way to the historic newsstand, which is a place where information throughout the neighborhood is gathered and connections between people occur by chance. The newsstand becomes a situation for neighborhood residents, where gossip, current events, and information control the narratives and conversations that have resulted from the data itself and these chance encounters. This idea of an information hub in the city will be the focus of this design. A place where localised data collection and physical connections of people happen.

Focusing on the fabric of the neighborhood allows for the people to be involved, creating a sense of place and community for those within and around the neighborhood boundaries. With an emphasis on the neighborhood, Chicago becomes the main site for these stands. The distinct neighborhoods and communities in Chicago, each carry their own identity and therefore each have a different need for this type of infrastructure. This intervention will use different components that can be used based on the specific needs for each location.
Faculty Advisor:
Malcolm McCullough