The Data Made Me Do It, Spring 2014

Spaces of Work, Models of Authorship

Kyle Steinfeld

In the final project of the studio, students sought to bring this idea to bear on the design of a space of work for a program and at a scale of their choosing and selected from a list of possible scenarios:

  1. tech headquarters : the campus headquarters for a medium-to-large Silicon Valley technology company. appx 4,000 employees, 400,000 sf. Choose one site in in the South Bay (or in the Financial District for a tower solution).

  2. mature tech start-up : design and fabrication facilities for a robotics company recently acquired by Google. appx 50 employees, 25,000 sf. One given site in Potrero Hill, SF.

  3. co-working center(s) : a shared working environment offering short-term workspace under a paid membership model. Amenities should include individual hotdesks, shared work areas, conference rooms, collective kitchen, tool / equipment lockers, integrated daycare. Space for appx 50 workers, appx 2500 sf. Choose two sites in the Bay Area.

  4. business lounge(s) : variety of individual and small group working areas, shared resources including printing and binding area, kitchenette, bathroom, break area. Space for appx 20 workers, appx 1000sf. Choose a minimum of four sites worldwide. Departing from arbitrary, personal, and sole-authored models of compositional logic, we will seek to apply formal strategies that suggest an incorporation of other agencies, both human and non-human, into the aesthetic development of the project. Choose one artificial and one human-hybrid method of compositional intelligence to apply.

There's more!

Some other projects from this same class have been posted, as well as some interesting student work from this same year.