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Paloma Strelitz

MA work

The New Picturesque

'Look. A single GPS coordinate is just, well a point on a plan; or rather, a very small circle on a plan - it gives you the module of order but nothing more. But two coordinates give you at once an inter-coordiantion, therefore a rhythm and there, with the module you have the germ of a building.' - John Summerson (mis-quoted)

Apollo 13's image of earthrise transformed our notions of the environmental landscape we inhabit. How does seeing the world through a digital and technological framework affect our understanding of the built environment?

Radiating outwards from St Paul's, London's spatial envelope is still determined by a view-management framework that is predicated on the observer's vantage point from an approximate eye level of 1.6 metres. These conditions are being superseded by the New Picturesque, enabled by technology's unprecedented views on the landscape and infrastructures that operate at the extreme limits of scale.

This project investigates sites of contemporary finance and remaps the City and its digital infrastructure, revealing a networked condition where data and capital together create new urban forms. You are here now: the ubiquity of personal computing and geo-spatial data suggests the possibility of a future mode for envisaging urban experience and the evolution of build form based on GPS co-ordinates. In this mode the New Picturesque explores a world mediated by a view of technology where distinct boundaries between the physical and digital are increasingly blurred.

Info

  • Paloma Strelitz profile image
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Architecture, 2013

  • The New Picturesque

    'Look. A single GPS coordinate is just, well a point on a plan; or rather, a very small circle on a plan - it gives you the module of order but nothing more. But two coordinates give you at once an inter-coordiantion, therefore a rhythm and there, with the module you have the germ of a building.' - John Summerson (mis-quoted)

    Apollo 13's image of earthrise transformed our notions of the environmental landscape we inhabit. How does seeing the world through a digital and technological framework affect our understanding of the built environment?

    Radiating outwards from St Paul's, London's spatial envelope is still determined by a view-management framework that is predicated on the observer's vantage point from an approximate eye level of 1.6 metres. These conditions are being superseded by the New Picturesque, enabled by technology's unprecedented views on the landscape and infrastructures that operate at the extreme limits of scale.

    This project investigates sites of contemporary finance and remaps the City and its digital infrastructure, revealing a networked condition where data and capital together create new urban forms. You are here now: the ubiquity of personal computing and geo-spatial data suggests the possibility of a future mode for envisaging urban experience and the evolution of build form based on GPS co-ordinates. In this mode the New Picturesque explores a world mediated by a view of technology where distinct boundaries between the physical and digital are increasingly blurred.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Architecture, University of Cambridge, 2009
  • Experience

  • Founding member, Assemble, London, 2010–present; Concrete technician, Factum Arte for Anish Kapoor, London, 2011; Architectural assistant to Ab Rogers, London, 2011; Architectural assistant, Make Architects, London, 2009–10
  • Awards

  • Winner, Boas Scholar at the British School at Rome, 2008
  • Conferences

  • 'Assemble Projects', James Binning, Black Maria by Richard Wentworth and Gruppe Architects, King's Cross, 2013; 'Assemble Projects', Lewis Jones, Reframing Space, Bold Tendencies, Peckham, 2012; 'Assemble Projects', Lewis Jones, Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s, The Barbican/Architecture Foundation, 2011; 'Assemble Projects', Giles Smith and Alice Edgerley, Rip It Up & Start Again, London Metropolitan, 2010
  • Publications

  • Why We Build, Rowan Moore, Picador, 2012; The Temporary City, Peter Bishop & Lesley William, Routledge, 2012; Narrative Architecture, Nigel Coates, John Wiley and Sons, 2011