HYPERWWWORK is the Master of Architecture diploma project of Romain Curnier and Adrien Grigorescu, under the supervision of Mario Carpo, Jeremy Lecomte and Christian Girard from the Digital Knowledge Department at ENSA Paris Malaquais.
Through an historical analysis of the relationship between architecture and value production in the workplace, it anticipates the consequences of a new information economy, based on data harvesting and analysis using IoT devices. From the home office to the nomadic worker, this new model blurs the distinction between public and private space, work and leisure, production and consumption. The IoT and large-scale adoption of smart objects turn every connected place into a “soft-production” space, in which the individual creates value unconsciously or without mobilizing any specific abilities.
The HYPERWWWORK project, through prospective fictional thinking, invites one to take a step back so as to evaluate the consequences and the risks of the implementation of smart technologies. HYPERWWWORK thus extrapolates a social, technical and architectonic context in which these technologies are embedded, and seeks to reveal the role of architecture in this new paradigm.
Born in 1994, Romain Curnier obtained his Master of Architecture at ENSA Paris Malaquais in the Digital Knowledge Department in June 2018 with high honors. In January 2018 he defended his Master’s Thesis entitled « Skopje 2014 or the nationalist fictionalism. The architecture as an image - The image as a project ». Through an analysis of the Skopje 2014 urban planning, it explores the aestheticization of politics through architecture and the use of pastiche as a simulacre of collective memory. His research focuses on autonomy, self-organization, real estates, aesthetics and politics and their relation to architecture.
In 2015 he studied abroad at the Universität der Künste under the supervision of Jean-Philippe Vassal. He has worked for the French architectural review D’ARCHITECTURES and for the architecture firm AWP.
Born in 1992, Adrien Grigorescu obtained his Master of Architecture at ENSA Paris Malaquais in the Digital Knowledge Department in 2018 with high honors. In January 2018 he defended his Master’s Thesis entitled « Beyond Virtualization. Virtual Reality, Collective Intelligence and Post-Capitalism », intended to be a comprehensive analysis of the social and political impacts of Virtual Reality in the built environment. His research interests are towards computation, collective intelligence, intersubjectivity, modes of organization and surveillance – explored through architectural design, theoretical writing, and audio-visual experiences.
In 2014, he graduated from École Centrale Paris and University of California Berkeley in Structural Engineering. Throughout his studies, he has worked in architecture and engineering consulting firms such as EZCT/XtreeE, MU Architecture, and RFR éléments.