Alina Nazmeeva is a designer, digital artist and an educator. Sheis the A. Alfred Taubman Fellow at University of Michigan, Taubman College ofArchitecture and Urban Planning. Alina is a graduate of Master of Science in Urbanism, MIT (2019);a fellow of the New Normal program at Strelka Institute of Media Architecture and Design (2017), and a Canadian Centre of Architecture fellow (2022). She is a lead researcher at MIT Future Urban Collectives Lab, working on design for physical and digital spaces for emerging collectives, and a researcher at MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, studying the economies of virtual worlds and prototyping urban-scale digital twins. She taught at Rhode Island School of Design and Boston Architecture College. Her most recent work was exhibited at the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2022 Art on the Marquee in Boston and at 2022 Augment Seattle. Her writing has been published in PLAT, Media-N, CARTHA Magazine, Perspectives, VOICES(Towards other Institutions), Harvard Real Estate Review (forthcoming).
In her work Alina examines entanglements and overlays between physical and digital spaces and objects, and their cultural, economic and political implications. Using gaming engines, CGI software, machinima, found footage and installations, she exposes and examines the increasing oscillation between cities and videogames, images and spaces, life and animation. Alina has love-hate relationships with the internet and digital spaces. This emotional ambiguity inspires her to continueto examine the wonders and horrors of the digital, and how it reassembles theecological, urban and social systems and spaces.