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Future Storage: on digital preservation and data decay

Esta semana partilho uma vez mais o convite para seguirem a conferência de Maria Otero, sexta-feira, 24 de Fevereiro às 14h30, a terceira sessão do Ciclo de Internacional de Conferências - Architecture: Design and Research International Seminar – , dedicado às doutorandas e doutorandos da Universidade Lusófona, Porto e Lisboa, em articulação com as universidades de Manchester – Manchester School of Architecture – e Liubliana – Univerza Ljubljani, e aberto a todas e todos os interessados.

Title: Future Storage: on digital preservation and data decay

Zoom link:| 14h30 ;CET -1 time (Portugal)


The world is experiencing an unprecedented demand for data storage. Data centre capacity dictates the rhythms of everyday life. It is critical to fields such as planning, climate science, and healthcare and fundamental to delivering developments in AI, the Internet of Things,  and the Metaverse – which demand vast amounts of data stored for extended periods. As digital-data production is outpacing the scalability of today’s storage solutions, data centre architecture becomes a critical site of investment and innovation. This thriving industry, however, is dependent on extractivist practices and involves vast energy consumption, land occupation, and CO2 emissions. It is fuelled by outdated notions of progress and endless growth. As a result, creating these profit-driven digital worlds results in the degradation
of communities and ecosystems and puts the only world we all inhabit at risk. In this lecture we will explore alternative architecture paradigms for storing data.

About Marina Otero

Marina Otero Verzier holds a PhD in Architecture. She was the Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut and Director of Master in Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Her curatorial practice includes projects such as the Oslo Architecture Triennale (2016), the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018) and the 13th Shanghai Art Biennial (2021). She was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X (Columbia GSAPP). She has co-edited “Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series” (2016), “More-than-Human” (2020) and “Lithium: States of Exhaustion” (2021), among others. She has taught at ETSA Madrid, Royal College of Arts (London), Columbia University (New York), among others. In 2022 she won the 2022 Wheelwright Prize from Harvard Graduate School of Design with the proposal “Future Storage: Architectures to host the Metaverse”.