Set in 2030, LOOP is a spatio-temporal critique of transnational labor in a post-digital, post-pandemic era. If a building site is typically defined by its physical limits, this thesis examines how time differences and global communication networks could catalyze new understandings of place, program, and privacy.

Urbanization after the Industrial Revolution has been shaped by parallel developments in timekeeping and mobility. The mass production of mechanical clocks reinforced the value of punctuality and efficiency within capitalist regimes, and the invention of worldwide time zones further systematized the movement of bodies and materials in space. Concurrently, advancements in transportation made it possible for people to seek employment in cities and to commute from their homes in the suburbs or countryside. Recently, high-speed internet and collaborative platforms have made telecommuting more feasible, allowing workers to “travel” farther distances using mobile technologies. While employees are drawn to the flexibility of working remotely, employers stand to benefit from the continuous labor loop that sustains relentless production. As boundaries between labor, leisure, and rest further dissolve and the convenience of digital networking continues to hide patterns of exploitation, this thesis questions the role that architecture plays in regulating our existence by revealing the possibilities (and absurdities) of synchronized living.

The project reimagines the interior of an existing multi-family dwelling in Tehran, Iran (+3:30 GMT) to accommodate residents working in New York, USA (-5:00 GMT) and Tokyo, Japan (+9:00 GMT). Though these digital laborers cohabitate, they move through space according to different schedules, which allows the collective to complete tasks across all three time zones. Mobile pods follow a three-dimensional techno-structural grid, orchestrating unexpected social relations that push public against private, play against productivity, and day against night. LOOP prompts critical reflection on work habits by representing the frictions of a hyper-efficient future.
Faculty Advisor:
Cyrus Peñarroyo