The AIA | DC Technology Committee presented Hybrid Realities, an exhibition on technology and space, which was on display from May to June, 2016. The project highlighted innovative projects that rethink how our digital universe affects the design of physical spaces. The exhibition was comprised of eight projects, selected from submissions to an open call as well as invited participants. These projects were displayed in the main gallery the District Architecture Center, located in the heart of downtown Washington DC.
Architects have always experimented with creative expressions of new technology, and through these investigations future spaces are conceived. Hybrid Realities is an exhibition that examines how architecture can draw from the emergence of digital life, and reevaluates how we sense and engage with the environment around us.
We ask you: How has the digital revolution changed your expectations of the spaces you encounter every day? How might at large technology affect the architecture of the future? What role can data play in all of this?
The exhibition is organized around three main ideas; EMERGENCE, ANTI-GRAVITY, and MULTIPLICITY:
EMERGENCE is comprised of projects that lack formal hierarchies. These projects create connections that allow for informal and temporal patterns to emerge as they are being used. This section asks the question: How can communication and interaction be translated to physical space?
ANTI-GRAVITY includes projects that express an interest in creating space using forms that have no top or bottom, no up or down, no left or right. Instead, they are more concerned with movement
and continuously variable relationships between moments. This section asks the question: How can seamless and scaleless digital experiences be translated into physical space?
Colorful Paper Architecture for Kids by Julio Barreno
House XXI by Daina Swagerty
MULTIPLICITY contains projects that rely on a complex amalgamation of external influences to form their composition. Algorithms determine how each incoming dataset is interpreted and weighed against other datasets, bringing a multitude of information together to establish the final expression. This section asks the question: How can digital and environmental datasets can be meaningfully translated into physical space?
The call for submissions was opened from December 2015 through January 2016 and received a number of truly inspiring submissions. The curatorial team ultimately selected several projects for inclusion in the exhibition, and participants were notified in February, 2016.