The M.Arch 2 students for this AY19/20 LIFE IN THE FOURTH – Eos Kam Xue Jun, Wayne Lim Zi Chao, Mitch Goh Jie Chern and Masita Binte Mohd Yusof have officially completed their year-long thesis projects. […]
This research project proposes a human-centred approach to understand the formation and management of a multi-mobile millennial nomad’s identity and spatial practices in the private domain, urban environment and the digital realm. It foregrounds a spatiality paradigm and applies an affective lens to distil qualitative insights into how this globally dispersed group of highly mobile and peripatetic individuals between their twenties and mid-thirties maintain a multi-dimensional and deeply interconnected existence. This dynamic age in which we live is truly a fluid one: Following technological and digital advancements, the merging of technologies in the current Fourth Industrial Revolution have consecutively altered lifestyles and work cultures; influenced consumption and behaviour patterns; the ways in which privacy lines are drawn; demarcation of ownership of territories and possessions; and how relationships are nurtured. Global mobility and connectivity along with the convergence of people and data in virtual space vitally support nomadic lifestyle requirements and the lateral agility necessary for the millennial generation to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving labour landscape.
By identifying certain values commonly shared by the growing number of millennial nomads worldwide, we aim to formulate a rubric that explains the spatial rhetoric of this demographic. Ultimately, we will be able to articulate the role of digital and technological affordances in relation to human agency, by how these are deftly applied for scripting the spatial narrative of a millennial nomad in the contemporary milieu. On a conceptual level, the research highlights the seamless connection between the online and offline territories we now naturally maintain as evidence of the increasing dilution between perceptual spatial divides. The significant contribution of this project to academia will be to reflect on the millennial nomad’s global transversality from a spatial-experiential standpoint to offer a bottom-up articulation of the world.