Places of Internet of Things
Critic : Lise Anne Couture (Asymptote)
Looking at previous research and precedents considering the Internet of Things (IoT), this proposal hopes to address the architectural capacities of Internet of Things at multiple, spatial scales (infrastructure, urban, building), and the potential for Internet of Things to seamlessly link these disparate scales. The project graphically attempts to illustrate a series of specific scenarios within a series of disparate spaces and depicts how these scenarios (using Internet of Things) can begin to affect and optimize one another. This drawing reflects on the capacity of IoT to break down barriers of space and time and how this increased connectivity (spatial, temporal, social) can create design potentials
Starting at the largest scale, the first scenario looks at the capacity of Internet of Things to affect entire infrastructural systems. The space depicted is a hypothetical shipping port, and, using references gleaned from IBM’s Internet of Things-based updates and optimizations of the Port of Rotterdam, will graphically convey the potential for Internet of Things in altering conventional port systems via sensor technology.
The project also depicts the interior of a warehouse to demonstrate the capacity of Internet of Things in assisting in the maintenance and organization of cargo, and its potential in reframing conventional distribution networks and centers. After the previous situation’s emphasis on the Internet of Things at an infrastructural scale, the drawing then its attention to the potential relationships between the Internet of Things and the urban scale, reshaping the public domain, media, etc. Additionally, the drawing robustly depicts the capacities of IoT at the scale of the building. To demonstrate this, two adjacent buildings are illustrated, one under construction, and one (explored through a detailed section drawing) that is complete – with a particular emphasis on the effects of IoT on the interior.