Crowd-sourced critiques. Social architecture. Hyper-urbanization. Going viral isn’t limited to YouTube sensations anymore. On May 21, AIA New York’s global dialogues committee will hold a lecture and panel discussion on the effect of social media, technology, and device culture in the architectural design process and practice. The event, “Going Viral: Blurred Borders,” will feature a panel of international designers, bloggers, writers, and researchers in architecture.

Panelists will present on the topics of communication, research, collaboration, and information distribution. Bjarke Ingels of the Denmark- and New York–based Bjarke Ingels Group will discuss the role that designers and architects play in shaping global conversation through technology. Toru Hasegawa, co-creator of the Morpholio Project and co-director of the Cloud Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, will cover the evolving relationship between academia and the profession.

With the world becoming more interconnected, and at a faster pace, eVolo’s editor in chief Carlo Aiello will discuss multidisciplinary platforms for collective processes. ArchDaily cofounders David Basulto and David Assael will discuss how architectural knowledge and information sharing are changing cities in an era of hyper-urbanization.

Ned Cramer, editor in chief of ARCHITECT, will moderate the panel and lead the discussion following the presentations. Attendees will also have a chance to see “Voices Going Viral,” a concurrent exhibition based on groundbreaking design blogs and websites such as Apartment Therapy, Core 77, and Curbed.