Throughout history, culture and place have been dynamic concepts. Major factors contribute to both their evolution and determination as recognizable characteristics of a society. Since humans began manipulating and adding to the environment some of the notable influences on place and culture have been the inventions of language, the printing press, electricity, the automobile, and many others. With the recent innovations associated with electronic media, namely television and the Internet, place and culture have once again been dramatically altered.
There is never a seamless transition when societies adopt new ways of communicating and interacting, rather, there are periods that require the re-balancing of morals and values. Lacking in the public realm and urban fabric of U.S. cities are places to partake in the discourse and deliberation associated with shifts in communication and interaction rituals due to the ubiquity of electronic media. This thesis reclaims a vital part ot the urban experience in the form of a public forum while at the same time celebrating the creation, critique, and consumption of culture associated with electronic media.
Located in downtown Washington D.C., this project appropriately situates itself amidst the FBI building, the Spy Museum, and a number of cultural institutions. The political nature and scope of this thesis, therefore, is dramatically strengthened due to its surrounding context as the capital of the United States of America.