Ashley Jons

Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture

Integrating Data Centers at a Neighborhood Scale

Data centers are the largest cultural archives of our dreams, fears, histories and futures. They record, catalog and store our digital lives, but we don’t have access to them. Essential to our modern existence, the internet has changed the parameters around what we consider public and private. We acquiesce to being tracked and commoditized, in exchange for the convenience of buying groceries without going to the store, connecting with like-minded people without leaving the solitude of our home or planning a route without opening a map. While navigating our digital lives, we dissolve staunchly held boundaries of privacy. How can this new cultural normal inform the architecture that supports our daily lives?