Electronic village, human(e) media(n) : the potential of architecture as a realization and socialization tool against the user distancing effects of electronic media

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Ruszkai, Steve P.
Missair, Alfredo R.
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Thesis (M. Arch.)
Department of Architecture
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Combining the different modes of communication into a singular and universal manner has truly created a new revolution. It is literally a revolution in the literal meaning of the vwrd-a radical change in the constitution of an entity. Being able to provide the spontaneous circulation of all information with disregard to format, graphical limitations, and separated sources, has "overthrown out traditional perception of the world," radically changing the importance of format into no importance at all. The history of computer evolution is relatively short in comparison to other major events of history, and now is the initial time for the role of architecture to put its foot in the door. Designers need provide an environmental conducive to the technology yet encourage and foster the basic human need of physical interaction. Since computers are usually enhoused within some type of construct, can a thoughtful, sympathetic, and reflective architecture act as a constant reminder not to loose the humanistic component of managing data, information, and decision making process.This creative project found how this role of environment as not being merely an office setting, but a global microcosm of electronic and physical interaction. The focus and the time frame of my thesis deals with the user of contemporary electronic hardware and need to control also their physical environment. The project found not to make my own interpretation of tomorrow s future of electronic communication, but to be concerned of today's user's freedom of decision personal environment and need of varying degrees of social interaction.