DAVID EMMONS

Urbana, IL

 

2046: An Invisible Odyssey   Although the National Security Agency (NSA) first developed in 1952, it took more than thirty years to design and dedicate a series of structures to house the nation's premier covert intelligence organization. Coincidentally, 2016 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the headquarters' completion in Fort Meade, MD. If we were to speculate in thirty-year increments, what might the sixtieth anniversary be like? Imagine, the year 2046 — the NSA has built invisible nodes in nearly every major metropolitan area, confirming the original headquarters building to be obsolete. Development has latticed across the nation, creating an intelligence infrastructure that is unseen to the general public, yet cherished and beloved for its proximity and consistency. (Person in 2016, referring to the NSA Headquarters Building): "We see it, but we don't know it." (Person in 2046, referring to the NSA Headquarters Building): "We can't see it, but we know it."   Team: David Emmons, Yang Yu  

2046: An Invisible Odyssey  

Although the National Security Agency (NSA) first developed in 1952, it took more than thirty years to design and dedicate a series of structures to house the nation's premier covert intelligence organization. Coincidentally, 2016 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the headquarters' completion in Fort Meade, MD. If we were to speculate in thirty-year increments, what might the sixtieth anniversary be like? Imagine, the year 2046 — the NSA has built invisible nodes in nearly every major metropolitan area, confirming the original headquarters building to be obsolete. Development has latticed across the nation, creating an intelligence infrastructure that is unseen to the general public, yet cherished and beloved for its proximity and consistency.

(Person in 2016, referring to the NSA Headquarters Building): "We see it, but we don't know it."

(Person in 2046, referring to the NSA Headquarters Building): "We can't see it, but we know it."

 

Team: David Emmons, Yang Yu

 

David Emmons is a designer, lecturer, and collaborator based in Champaign, IL. He recently served as the Project Architect for the University of Illinois's Sustainable Student Farm, collaborating with Fresh Press Research Lab and Jeffery S. Poss, Architect. David Emmons received his M.Arch from the University of Illinois and his B.A. in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington, while also participating in UW's Rome Program. He currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Architecture. 

 

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