There is no sweaty crowd, no yelling, no police, and certainly no pepper spray. In Tiago Barros' and Ana Cravinho's "Digital Revolution" there's only 3-D holograms "occupying" a digital plaza and a community of passionate bloggers.
This isn't sci-fi. In fact, it may be a glimpse into the future of global protest movements.
The pair recently submitted the design proposal for the International Ideas Competition "Strategies for Public Occupation: A Call for Ideas."
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The project searches for a new vision for the future of protests around the world while recognizing that these demonstrations are a highly important part of disseminating opinions.
"Occupy Movements are, of course, in the media agenda thanks too many merits like questioning common people about their role in society," Barros told the International Business Times. "For all these reasons, we find the challenge launched by this prestigious architecture institution very pertinent and actual, so we decided to take an active role doing what we do best, as architects: thinking space and its interaction with people."
"Digital Revolution" removes the physical destination from the protest equation, proposing instead a paradigm shift made possible by a virtual interface available to all who care to join.
In essence, a 3-D hologram of each participant would be projected in a specific virtual plaza using data collected and transmitted by the interface. The plaza would amalgamate familiar urban spaces with an altogether virtual world - a world that would also transmit sound and time slots for podium speeches, mirroring a typical rally.