Research Seminar:
digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future

02/01/23, 12:00PM

  • Wednesday, February 01, 2023
    Watt Hall Lower Rosendin (Watt 2nd floor)

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Speaker: Professor Wendy W Fok, USC School of Architecture

The curated series of drawings for the USC Faculty Exhibition are part of a larger research book project by Wendy W Fok, who has been researching and writing on the topic of digital property and data infrastructures for over a decade.

digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future engages with digital property and data infrastructures, and explores new modes and impacts of data collection affecting architecture, supply chains, and urban infrastructure.

Using a mixed-media approach, this book couples a novel exploration of XR (mixed-reality) and AR (augmented reality) into several parts of the book.

To prolong the shelf-life of emergent data and case-studies on the topic, the book is complemented with an open-access digital platform for readers to access video interviews with the industry experts, diagrammatic mapping and graphical cartography, and 3D artifacts that shows how data interacts with phygital properties. 

(Website: digitalstructures.cc; Instagram: @digitalstructures.cc #digitalSTRUCTURES)


Bio: Wendy W Fok (she/them), trained as an architect, is interested in design, technology, and creative solutions for the built environment. 

They have experience in Product Development and Program Management from Zero to Launch, Design-Build, Manufacturing, Hardware/Software, and Digital Fabrication. Proficient in 3D modelling, innovative material research, design-build, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (XR) design, and other types of engagement that could promote a larger discussion of how consumers interact with products and delivery for architecture, real estate, retail, and innovative business development.


Grantee of the New York City Corps Artist Grant (2021), Fellow at the MacDowell (2022), Urban Design Forum (since 2018), they were featured as Autodesk Remake’s Women in Reality Computing (2017), winner of the Autodesk AiR (2016), Digital Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress (2014/15), ADC Young Guns 11 Award (2013), AIA Dallas Women in Architecture (2013), Perspective 40 under 40 (2011), and Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009). 


Fok was the co-editor of AD Journal’s “Digital Property – Open Source Architecture”, published by Wiley. Their recent book chapter “Bio-Data Matter of New York City” is published by Routledge in “Data, Matter, Design – Strategies in Computational Design”, edited by Frank Melendez, Nancy Diniz, Marcella Del Signore. Fok is currently working on “digitalSTRUCTURES” in issues of digital property and data infrastructures. 


Fok holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) partnering with the Harvard Law School, obtained her Master of Architecture and Certification of Urban Policy/Planning from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Concentration in Economics (Statistics) from Barnard College, Columbia University. 

Related Links: digitalstructures.cc