The e-SCAPE Studio provoked students to explore a range of problems at different scales (the body, the cross cultural object, the building, the street, the motorway) in downtown Shanghai and conceive a solution as an “e-SCAPE” or new interpretation.
The e-SCAPE Studio challenged participating students to seek innovative ways to address a range of problems and scales within the city. The title of the studio alluded to environmental landscapes and the notion of a “scape” or perspective on an issue and the possibility of escape. Students were encouraged to consider a response to problems of global warming, rapid urbanisation or the Global Financial Crisis and develop a solution in the form of an ‘e-scape’, or new interpretation of landscape. The potential for aspects of this scape to be permeated by the data-driven, ambient and ubiquitous digital networks spanning the city in an increasingly complex invisible matrix was also highlighted. We were interested to explore development of strategies for mapping the virtual, invisible and online dimensions of the digital city considering the potential of these emergent spaces, how they might be used, and how they intersect with the real urban landscape.