Chelsea Qiu

Department of Architecture

Amazon Here

As subjects of the digital world, we are often less mindful about the increasing control tech companies have over both of our digital and physical lives. This thesis investigates the architectural opportunities of a future in which tech corporations assume government responsibilities and create a new generation of company towns. The friction between corporate and public interests is the driver for the design of a commoditized public space in which architecture has the potential to enable data subjects (the public) to gain agency and control.

This project speculates on a new type of corporate-sponsored public building created by Amazon that empowers end users by spatializing the digital experience. By providing visitors a direct engagement with the infrastructure that enabled corporate control of our daily lives, the architecture exposes the unspoken truth that at the age of data, accessibility is not about ADA but information.

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