digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future
Jan 27
Mar 18 2023
exhibition in-person

‘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, urban infrastructure, and supply chains.

Digital currencies (cryptocurrencies) and digital property require large amounts of land, resources, and data centers and infrastructures to store these “supplies”. There is a larger architectural and urban infrastructural challenge and urgency on how these various kinds of digital exchanges are mediated, to limit the detrimental use of our everyday resources.

This exhibition will be the debut exhibition in Canada for the premise of the book ‘digitalSTRUCTURES’. Using a mixed-media approach, this exhibition couples a novel exploration of XR (mixed-reality) and AR (augmented reality) into several parts of the book.

To advance the dialogue of book design and production, the ambition of ‘digitalSTRUCTURES’ is to prolong the shelf-life of emergent data and case-studies on the topic. The author’s talk will discuss how 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.

Authored by Wendy W Fok, who has been researching and writing on the topic for over a decade. ‘digitalSTRUCTURES’ includes a foreword by Jesse Reiser and Julian Harake; interviews with and contributions by Greg Lynn, Saskia Sassen, Minerva Tantoco, Lydia Kallipoliti, Michael Young and Kutan Ayata, Andrew Witt, Amber Bartosh, Mik Nayeem, with an ongoing list of interactive interviews.

DesignTO x KEDD

‘digitalSTRUCTURES: Data and Urban Strategies of the Civic Future’ is one of 10 projects in the King East Design District (located in Old Town Toronto), a neighbourhood running along King Street East, from Church Street to Parliament Street. During the DesignTO Festival, you are invited to visit exhibitions, workshops and talks hosted in the showrooms of select local businesses.

On Friday, January 27, join us for King East Design District Party presented by DesignTO, a roaming neighbourhood party anchored by five Party Hubs. The KEDD Party is a must-attend bash, bringing together hundreds of designers and design-lovers.


Researcher, Author, Lead Designer: Wendy W. Fok (霍渭瑜) / Graphics Layout & Research Design Team: Rachel Pendleton, Jessica Marquez, Yarzar Hlaing (ရာဇာတင်မောင်လှိုင်), JJ Jin (金智杰), Isabelle ‘Iza’ Dabrowski, Sevil Tara Akdora / Digital Content & WebAR R&D Team: Lucy Liu (刘场瑞), Juan Villatoro / Cover Design: Hyun Jung Ahn (안현정) / Language & Copy Editor: Irina T. Oryshkevich / Publisher Project Manager: Jake Anderson / Publisher: Gordon Goeff, ORO Editions


MacDowell Foundation logo
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Who should visitors contact with questions regarding accessibility?
Lucy C. Liu
For projects with printed information, will it be available in large-format and/or Braille?
Large format will be available.
Is this venue accessible by wheelchair or similar mobility devices? This includes access to washrooms and all aspects of programming/events.
Can people get to the venue using accessible transit?
Image credit: JJ Jin and Wendy W Fok
Image credit: JJ Jin and Wendy W Fok