Web
Model
Dot
Space

Web Model Dot Space is a research saga set within liturgical buildings in Detroit, MI


Web Model Dot Space is an experimental architecture studio concerned primarily with the research and development of media structures – broadly defined. This work often results in pop-up theaters, performance art installations, and entertainment portals which are in collaboration with leading creative professionals and organizations around the world. The studio looks at the opportunities between content and infrastructure especially as they reveal and expand audience types.

Our current research focuses specifically on the dissemination of liturgical building history and culture in Detroit. These buildings are an important type of media structure where American legacies of immigration, slavery, and capitalism have become coded into their environment. And while these buildings and their stories become critically important within a contemporary discourse, their physical nature has never been more at risk due to their challenging maintenance and a general decline in congregation size.

This research project documents significant liturgical structures in Detroit, MI with LiDar scanning technology and ultimately provides new types of engagement through prototypical media structures, point cloud visualization, and dymaxion-style mapping. The conversion of analogue cultural resources into digital form is known as “digital heritage preservation”1, though in this case, we continuously cycle the digital assets we collect into new physical things and spaces.

Two goals within this work are to 1/ document and archive buildings indicative of cultural legacies within the city over time and 2/ provide opportunities for expanded engagement and interpretation of these buildings through contemporary technologies and fine art channels.

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Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church

8501 Woodward Avenue
Sidney Bagley

1911

St. Joseph Oratory

1828 Jay St.
Francis Himpler

1870-1873

Second Baptist Church

441 Monroe Street
William E. N. Hunter

1914







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Second Baptist Church Basement

441 Monroe Street
William E. N. Hunter

1914

Christ Church Detroit

960 East Jefferson Avenue
Gordon W. Lloyd

1860-1863

Fort Street Presbyterian Church

631 West Fort Street
O.+ A. Jordan

1855, 1877







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Saints Peter and Paul Church

629 East Jefferson Avenue
Francis Letouneau, Peter Kindenkins

1848

WEB MODEL PH1

WORSHIP TONES 001 +002
WAAJEED

2020

WEB MODEL PH1

FIDGET MODEL
for Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA)

2020



















Aaron Jones
Vlad Chertic
Nick Crawford
Rachel Kowalczyk
Manzi Yang

Special Thanks:
LTU CoAD,
NEW INC / New Museum,
MacDowell Colony,
Mr. Al Fields,
Noar Tech,
Waajeed