a specimen collection of human habitats and the people that reside alone in them.
Since the 1950s, the number of people who live by themselves is growing exponentially. In the 10,000 year history of human civilization, this is the first documented period where large proportions of the population occupy their own, individual, dwelling. Today more than half of the residents of Manhattan live alone. The Watertight collection is an incomplete archive of infrastructure that supports single-occupant living in New York City.
As the depth information of the environment is collected, the software program Skanect converts the data points into a visual representation in digital form, known as a mesh. Once the mesh is complete, the specimen is prepared for archiving. A computative process, called
The Boarding House
The Single Resident Occupancy
The Supportive Housing
Caitlin Robinson & Ziv Schneider
Laguardia Studio, NYU
Emily Bell Dinan
A Special Thank You
Jes K Fan, Lior Zalmanson, Shalev Moran, Cara Francis, Kristin Lucas, Yotam Rozin, Bethany Tabor, David Sheinkopf, Katherine Dillon, and the people who have let us into their homes and allowed us to capture them: Alee, Amelia, Dalit, Emily, Jerry, Lamora, Margaret, Marc, Mei-Ling, Rob, Shir, Thelma and Vitaly
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and the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, TISCH NYU
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