University of Southern California
School of Architecture
2003 - Prof. Janek Dombrowa
The project proposes a rooftop cleared of private penthouses and utilized for free culture activism against the then-onrushing (and now realized) flood of corporate interests into Downtown.
The project I formulated was the home for an organization devoted to the spread of then-emerging wireless technology via “lilypadding.” The project was intended to democratize internet access through providing a lab for those without a computer to access the internet. It also provides incubator office space for new companies to access free wireless connectivity and the emergent community centered around utilization and proliferation of the technology. The last piece of the program is the resource center and technical help desk which would enable private citizens and companies off-site to seize the means of connectivity for themselves.
The structural dimensions were optimized, to create minimal impact on the building below, and to maximize the affordability of the structure. As my undergraduate Thesis project, the Downtown Wireless Initiative a complete exercise: from site selection through to articulation of detailing.