What becomes of the built environment when theses digital addresses cut right through the physical space we live in, not following the conventions of our current address system? What becomes of this built space when the three address systems converge?
Walls are not as impenetrable and ‘solid’ anymore. Boundaries can be stretched and exploded, breaking this solidity. The statistical body surpasses the four walls of our space, and our walls unfold beyond the footprint of our numerical address.
“The real idea is to establish that the physical spaces around you can be trusted“, Edward Snowden. Snowden designed a smartphone based alarm system, attached to a mobile device as opposed to the static architecture that hosts the person, relieving the walls of their duty to ‘watch’. Snowden once revealed that the NSA tracks everyone’s movement through the city using the MAC address of their electronic device, he is now reversing that by allowing the individual to use his device to protect him as opposed to make him the subject of such surveillance.
The device is an extension of the individual, observing and occupying the physical space as he would.
17th century signs attached to buildings in London, used as reference points for navigation.
As with Haven, what if we remove these devices from the physical environment, and attach it to a more neutral address system (the grid)?
What if the architecture was attached to a virtual address (the grid) relieving it of its duty to be anchored only to the ground. What if this grid consumed the city, preserving parts of it and rearranging others, with a system that no longer runs on networks of street addresses?
Tunis is trying to revive its postal system, by providing all citizens with an electronic address, linked to a physical address. Citizens can receive administrative documents by e-mail.
Although the purpose of this is to allow for easier communication between authorities and citizens, it helped me a imagine a world where each physical space occupies another virtual space that the individual can link to. A house with two doors, two mailboxes… one physical and one virtual. What is the virtual spaces didn’t align with the physical? What if the world was split up into these intangible spaces that the individual had to ‘log in’ to or be registered to, creating a more fluid and flexible relationship between the individual and space…