The project creates a Spatial Urban Social Network where people choose to live in different amenity group neighborhoods such as a restaurant neighborhood, fitness neighborhood, or childcare neighborhood based on their 'urban spatial profile'. Ones urban spacial profile is marked by the urban spaces that one frequents outside of their apartment dwelling over time. The contemporary urban experience offers a series of destination spaces for various levels of social interaction that draw us out of the isolated, private 'box' of the apartment unit to progressively engage in the amenities and facilities of the urban landscape. The desire to project ones whereabouts at given times to a larger network is increasing with online social networking sites such as foursquare, the Facebook 'places' feature and personalized Google maps.
The project programmatically positions the 'destination' to the domestic apartment unit to create ease, efficiency and free up time for new types of social interaction. The proposed project features the 'Restaurant Neighborhood.' The amenity group neighborhood acts as a 'group or community' within the larger spatial network of the other amenity neighborhoods. The 'tool' for social interaction is spatial- a floating dining cube that is accessible from the domestic apartment projects over a public restaurant. The dining cube has privacy glass that lets you make your self 'visible' or 'not visible'. This allows for many types of social interaction: you can be alone and still have the backdrop of the restaurant. . You could have a private dinner in your apartment but still access the ambiance of the restaurant or you can go to the restaurant etc. . .
The intent is that the spatial tool and programmatic relationships set up allow for the apartment to open itself up to be a spatial 'profile page' of sorts that is more dynamic and organic than online social networking. You get to know the others in the larger spatial network and know when they have chosen to make themselves 'visible' and then find them in real time. You can make yourself visible to others and they can come find you.