The Netlab is an experimental think-tank based in the New York City area investigating the impact of digital technology, telecommunications and changing sociocultural condition on architecture and society through research, publications and exhibitions.
The Netlab was founded in 2006 by Kazys Varnelis and is co-directed by Varnelis and Leigha Dennis. Initially based in Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the Netlab is now a not-for-profit entity, independent of any institution. Work by the Netlab has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum.
Kazys Varnelis is a historian and architectural designer based in Montclair, New Jersey and son of Lithuanian artist Kazys Varnelis (1917-2010). He has published the books The Infrastructural City, Networked Publics, and The Philip Johnson Tapes. With the group AUDC, he published the Blue Monday: Absurd Realities and Natural Histories (2007) and exhibited at High Desert Test Sites and other venues.
Leigha Dennis is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2013-14, she was the Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College, and is a 2015-17 Fellow in Architecture at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Her other work has been exhibited at notable institutions including the Museum of the City of New York and the Storefront for Art and Architecture.