Apologies for the tardiness. I'm Elliot, a first year graduate student in the MA of Architecture program at UCLA. I finished my undergraduate last year at UCLA as well, and also in the architecture department. My undergrad curriculum consisted of a series of studio and building workshop classes wherein I was introduced to architectural design and fabrication. I also minored in geography, studying economic geography and geographic information systems in particular. I became invovled with the digital humanities through Prof. Todd Presner, chair of the Digital Humanities department at UCLA. Under Prof. Presner I worked on a series of temporal maps for the Center of Jewish Studies at UCLA for their exhibition "Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic," as well as contributing to the graphic design of his forthcoming book, Hypercities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities.
I am interested in the kinds of questions that come out of the study of environment. This topic in and of itself often fades into the background of consciousness, as its very definition implies. I believe there must be more critical space that allows us to study environment as a critical object in its own right. Its function as a visual environment that fuels narrative and projection, as context for architecture, urban organizations and buildings, its relations to systems theory, ecology-consciousness and environmentalism, and perhaps more pressing to this group, the implications of a virtual environment... What does it mean to conceive of virtualities in terms of environment?
As of yet I have been largely absent, but I hope to become more involved with HASTAC and its ongoing discussions. I know many of you will be able to provide deep and productive perspectives to my own interests, and I hope to be able to do that for others as well. As I begin my academic and scholastic career, I admit that I do not know as much as I should, and that's probably something that I'll never actually overturn in myself. In any case, I welcome any and all opinions, thoughts, suggestions, references etc.