Finance and Architecture: A Tragic Love Story | M.Arch Thesis

M.Arch Thesis 2017


Our markets are volatile. Our economy is unstable. Our future is unknown. This thesis re-imagines the stock exchange as a machine for trading, a data center. Anticipating the total obsolescence of the trading floor, the new exchange boasts floors of servers to run the complex algorithms that will soon take over. Constantly whirring with fans and mechanical systems, the machine puts out heat which is used to inflate a network of public spaces that wind through the building.  These provide access and allow for new occupations of the Exchange.  The new face of Wall Street is no longer solid, or stable. It is temporary, claustrophobic,  flickering, buzzing and slightly saggy.