Your phone won’t work inside the Faraday Café (Wired UK)

Cafe YVR

A Canadian artist has teamed up with an architecture firm in
Vancouver to build the Faraday Café, which blocks all
electromagnetic radiation from entering.

The walls of the café form a Faraday cage — an enclosure
formed of a mesh of conducting material, which blocks electric
fields by mirroring that field across its surface, cancelling it
out. It’s commonly used to protect electronic equipment from
lightning strikes.

Julien Thomas
partnered with Hughes Condon
 on the project, which opened on 4 July at the
Chinatown Experiment in Vancouver. The objective is to restore
non-digital, social interaction between people by creating a place
with no digital connections.

“I wanted to create the café to give people an opportunity to
voluntary opt out of wireless use, so that we could distance
ourselves enough to discuss how we want to use digital technology
moving forward,” explained Thomas in an interview with the Pop-Up City.

He added: “I see a general trend with people in favour of the
internet claiming quantitative, instrumental benefits, while those
who are more hesitant of the internet claim qualitative, emotional

You can visit, but be quick about it — the cafe closes on 18
July 2014.

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