17th La Biennale di Venezia – CITYX VENICE 2021

digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future

Wendy W Fok and the WE-DESIGNS team is invited to exhibit work on their exploratory research of digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future, that engages with and questions the digitalSTRUCTURES (= Infrastructures + digital property). Their participation is part of the CityX Venice, Sezione del Padiglione Italia Italian Virtual Pavilion, at the 17th La Biennale di Venezia.

The two-part project will include the exhibition of digital objects, digitalCurrencies of everyday objects, that will be partnered with a marketplace digital auction, and theoretical writings and research published in a post-exhibition book within the larger research umbrella of digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future.

Our team designed the digital platform, a story-telling platform designed with ‘choose your own adventure’ style learning.
Project website: digitalstructures.cc

Image Credit: Wendy W Fok (2021)

The project explores contemporary issues surrounding how Western and Eastern countries define the future of work and urban living. The research provokes interrogations of the post-COVID-19 digital era, pertaining to supply chains, data structures, urban strategies, construction, and civic planning for the cities of our future. An in-depth exploration of graphical mapping and cartography, and how data interacts with various open innovation models in digital property and real property will be key. Developmental topics that explore broader topics hitting humanities and social sciences, such as ethical trade routes and policies of materiality, to engage with interdisciplinary and cross-cultural topics that question policy challenges facing “democracies” in the 21st century will be the focus.

As the world becomes a more circular economy of information (data), economic, political, and material exchange, this study would promote a larger awareness of the interconnected activities that impact the material (hard goods and soft goods) and technical exchange of trade for our built environment.

Building materials in architecture are of significant impact to our world of construction. Trade and material exchange are key to understanding the impact that works in line with climate changes, and economic growth. This ongoing research is part of a larger investigation in how the contemporary and historic Silk Road structure was designed as a systemic network of power — one that proliferates the modern economies of trade and urban political dispersion of architectural exchanges, in hopes that the takeaways will inform larger discussions for our future generations.


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Project Website: http://digitalstructures.cc 



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