The Ripple Effect is both a residency with the Iowa Lakeside Lab and a two-week online workshop with the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

‘The Ripple Effect’ is a collective experiment on the potentials and limitations of remote sensing. In a time when we are more and more confined indoors, we will recreate the immersive experience of a field exploration, populating the shores of Iowa’s Great Lakes. Together we will explore a variety of digital tools, and gather for remote hikes and virtual campfires. We will work to leverage our dispersed locations and diverse experiences to develop practices of global care for localized sites.

The goal is to openly document the constructs through which various disciplines perceive a place, inspiring creative architectural responses to scientific research. We aim to demystify layers of information about the water, soil, geology, flora and fauna for global visitors to the region, while celebrating the diversity of our own home environments. At the end of the two weeks we will collectively develop an immersive virtual reality space that reacts in real time to environmental changes happening at the Okoboji lakes.

Stay tuned for more details coming in May 2021.


Danny Wills
Gian Maria Socci
Rebecca van Beeck


Okoboji, Iowa