Decoding the Journey

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I have created a new name for the project which moves on from this idea of a continuous journey to a coded one, which has to be decoded to understand, hence ‘Decoding the Journey’. This also relates to the project as I am trying to allow more understanding of how the SE works and the journeys that relate to it. The image is taken from the site and the idea of the data cloud, but within it you may be able to make out the NYC skyline, which represents how the city is made and controlled by these data transfers.


I have also created a full project introduction, which is too small to read on the thumbnails, so is written below:

New York is a city of journey’s. Everyday, millions of journeys are taken across both the city and the globe. Many are physical, but more and more are becoming intangible movements of data. The city is not just created by what we can see, but also what is invisible. Is it these invisible journey’s that really control the city and in turn control us?

Hidden within buildings and in isolated warehouses across the world, every technological data transfer is being processed by machines and computers. The physical aspect of transferring information is disappearing before our very eyes and into a world unknown, and virtually unseen.

The advancements in technology, in many major sectors of the world, have made the speed of which data and information is transferred almost instantaneous. Data can travel as fast as the speed of light- hundreds of times quicker than the human eye can blink. In particular, these advances have allowed the Global Financial Market to run in real-time, with transfers of shares and stocks traded by the thousand within milliseconds, providing an always present price index. Most notable in this sector is how data journeys have replaced both the need for a physical journey and a physical traded object.

One of the most powerful stock exchanges in the world, the New York Stock Exchange, is located on Wall Street, in lower Manhattan. With an imposing classical facade the building is a monument dedicated to the power, grandeur and wealth associated with the big market players of the Exchange. But behind this theatrical facade is the stock market floor, getting smaller as time goes on as automatic computerized trades replace the human interactions of trading, which was the backbone of the Stock Exchange in centuries past.

As the trading floor gets smaller, large warehouses full of servers which are storing the data are getting larger, with proximity to the rest of the globe becoming a key priority. Distance is time. And time is money.

How can the NYSE be re-imaged to display the workings of this secret market, and provide an physical interaction for those intrigued by its process? How can a new location link it to the rest of the world and present it as the always present?



I have produced thumbnails as a start for the crit presentation to try and get an order and work out which key images I want to use. Atm, it’s quite long but am hoping to produce more work over the weekend to do with the actual design elements which can be a point for discussion in the crit.

Cross crit thumbnails 1


I have also started drawing out some of the references I have used. Not quite sure how to redraw Megafaces, but have created a page for Black Shoals

Black Shoals


I am going to continue work on drawings that explain some of the processes and ideas in the project in addition to more design development.

One thought on “Decoding the Journey

  1. Boom! Great intro. And a nice cover image.

    The thumbnails are good and give a clear, well paced narrative of the project. A few adjustments to consider:
    Perhaps include something more on why the SE would be moved to the Chelsea piers. This could come after Proposal and would include benefit of being by the water (cooling, existing issue of servers using so much energy). You could swap around NYSE location and On a global scale, which might lead into the proposal and case for Chelsea Piers better.
    I’d say keep both the passage of time and history of the piers drawings and have the conversation you lave listed under the history of the piers drawing through both of these drawings.

    For drawing the Mega Faces project, maybe do a detail drawing showing how the variation in the projection of the cylinders creates the overall relief, this would make a kinetic connection to your design. The irregular relief of your design has some echo of the derelict piers with their varied heights, bring something into the portfolio to show that formal relationship (see later comment, don’t lose the piers).

    Your Black Shoals and MegaFaces precedents should come after An Interactive Façade to show that you they are references rather than projects you aim to imitate.

    Before the final thumbnail have a page to demonstrate what we were talking about on Tuesday, about your proposal to spatially represent the different continents, or do you speak about that with the second to last thumbnail?

    Bring the piers back into the point of the final thumbnail. What is their presence in your design? Are you obscuring them? Using them as support? This doesn’t need to be worked out, just show that you are thinking about your design in relation to what is existing at the site.

    Enjoy the crit and direct the conversation to make it answer the questions YOU have!

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