aBlock - A Distributed Design Platform
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Blockchain technology is a relatively newtechnology that is being adopted by many differentindustries. Proponents of the technology ensure thatit will revolutionize the way we interact online, and italso has the potential to redefine our relationships totechnology, as it can enable a distributed network ofindividuals, institutions, and technologies to interactmore seamlessly. Researchers of the technologyimagine a trust-free, democratized, automatic,transparent, and private society due to its distributed,peer-to-peer and encrypted nature, which resonateswith a much earlier discussion on the democratizationof society through the design of architecture. Thisresearch will build upon these ideas as a basis forspeculating on the changes blockchain technologywill have on the architecture profession – specificallylooking at its potential for changing the relationshipbetween the Architect and the client. By designingand specifying a diegetic prototype for a decentralizedapplication, or dApp, that would be operated on adistributed ledger (blockchain) such as the Ethereumnetwork, and subsequently speculating on how theArchitect and client will interact on such a blockchainbased network, the goal of this Thesis is to test out theideas that lie therein through scenario-based fictionsin pursuit of revealing the changing role of the designprofessional in the architectural, engineering, andconstruction (AEC) industry.