As the digital revolution continues to affect our everyday lives, counterintuitively, many new processes born in the digital realm are now finding the need to become physical and geofixed. Once ephemeral, only existing online, new media companies have begun to invest in the design and production of physical retail environments, vehicles, kiosks, and other public interfaces, adding new variables to the built environment and forcing an evolution in long-standing conceptions of urban placemaking. What had once been described as the accelerating process by which “all that was solid will melt into air” may also set into motion countervailing effects by which what “was air now turns back into solid” – as digital practices and firms that once existed bring their data, media, and products back into the physical world.
Displacements_People: Designing for the Global Refugee Crisis
This current moment of unprecedented migration--the flows of people displaced by conflict, economic need, and environmental degradation--urgently demands a response from architects, planners, artists, and policy makers. At a time when many institutions are confronting how to, or sadly, whether to confront the issues of global population displacement, the design community continues to engage with this issue through analysis, advocacy, documentation and design.