Distributed Architecture is a collaborative practice committed to designing participatory and instigative processes that bring equality, diversity and inclusion into the built environment. The office is based in New York and is the recipient of the Columbia GSAPP Incubator Prize 2021-2022.

Founder Fabrizio Furiassi is an architect, researcher and educator who teaches at Parsons The New School of Design. Since 2010, he has collaborated internationally with architecture firms, cultural institutions and enlightened clients to disseminate critical design culture. Fabrizio holds master’s degrees from Columbia University GSAPP and La Sapienza University of Rome. He was a research fellow at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, and currently is pursuing a PhD at the University of Basel, Switzerland. 

Partner Catherine Ahn is an architectural designer and researcher based in New York and Seoul. She has over nine years of international professional experience in cultural, residential, and hospitality projects. Catherine graduated in architecture at Princeton University SoA and the Cooper Union. She was a research fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture in New York and recently completed research projects on construction waste disposal and environmental justice, collective design processes and pedagogy, and on new modes of community engagement with industrial stakeholders around Newtown Creek.

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Central and East Harlem have recently topped the charts as Manhattan’s least digitally connected districts. Both of their Community Board statements feature access to stable wifi as a priority, pointing to the digital divide between low- and high- income families that have widened during the Covid-19 pandemic. As internet access has become essential to obtaining vital health information, public assistance, and education, the project aims to provide tangible and immediate relief for households lacking this very basic infrastructure.

Uni(wi)fied proposes the construction of community-owned wifi networks  for  underserved communities in Harlem. The project seeks the design and development of free wifi “antenna” structures to be placed along residential streets of the neighborhood, incorporating artistic contributions from local BIPOC artists while providing stable and free, high-quality, high-speed internet service for all residents. In its inaugural year, the project will focus on prototyping structures that house and elevate wifi nodes for one or more testing sites. These nodes will serve as catalysts for expanding a self-sustaining wifi system in Harlem and deliver sculptural and culturally-grounded structures that demarcate a new model of community empowerment. The project will engage and partner with local institutions and activists in Harlem.

Location:   New York (USA)
Client:        Columbia University GSAPP
Status:       Ongoing
Program:   Infrastructure, Public Space

December 2021


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