Aleix Plademunt, New Facebook Headquarters, Palo Alto. [Cropped; see original in slideshow]

Material World

The internet is so effortlessly immersive that we can think of it as being somewhere, rather than reading something. That’s a disconcerting thought, given that human consciousness depends on our experience of real space and time. Aaron Rothman presents the work of four photographers who are examining the messy interfaces between digital infrastructures and our material selves.

Tweeting from the parking lot. Routing a phone call through a fake boulder. In these photos, we see the mundane landscapes where humans meet digital infrastructures.




  • david-heymann
  • Despina Stratigakos
  • Sandy Isenstadt
  • Simon Sadler

David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos is a columnist for Places. She is an internationally recognized historian and interim chair of the architecture department at the University at Buffalo.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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