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28/10 Class Tutorial by tutor
October 27, 2016, 8:46 pm
Filed under: 2016-17

For tomorrow’s class on the 28/10 please bring your work printed and ready to discuss. As the crit approaches (Friday the 04th). From now on it is important to organize your work and advance your drawing and your explanatory material in parallel (sheets that explain your interest and angle on the brief so far)

The order is:

10:30 Eric, Qiuyu, Leo

11:30 Elizabeth, Ran, Jun Ho, Andy

13:30 Christopher, Shaeron,  Moad

14:30 Hunter, Darya, Jay

See you all tomorrow

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Comment by ranuu11

SPECULATIVE DRAWING
Unveiling The Forest of The Future
Ran Ben Shaya

“ This was the order of human institutions:
first the FOREST
after that the HUTS
then the VILLAGES
next the CITIES
and finally the ACADEMIES “
(p.239) New Science / Giambattista Vico

The history, origin and mythologies of the forest have both fascinated and terrified humans from the very inception of our existence as a race and gradually formalising civilization. Through the story of the ‘Giants’ as depicted by Giambatissta Vico in his book ‘New Science’ (18 century), I began to realize that the notion of seeing the forest as the initial birthplace and domain of the human race fascinated me. As Vico describes: the birth of the imagination through the conception of divine power (god) has instigated the exodus of man from the forest and into the institutions of civilization. There is an abundance of historical and contemporary occurrences and elements that have placed a thick barrier between the forest and human domains. We have historically cast the forests into the shadows of civilization as an ambiguous and untameable land, unfit for human inhabitation but more than adequate for utilization as a source for human imagination and unquenchable sustenance.

“Through obstinance factions and desperate civil wars, they shall turn their cities into forests”

New Science / Giambattista Vico

The dichotomy that Vico articulates in regards to the human/forest relationship lead me to adopt his perception in regards to the past but also to leave it behind and attempt to decompose this dichotomy in regards to the future of both sylvan and human realms. Essentially, I chose to take the second part of the sentence above:
“They shall turn their cities in to forests” – Why don’t we actually?
Is the human domain as different as we think it is from the forest? Perhaps the time has come to learn from for the forest, to begin a process of change in perception, to envision a new type of forest, an agglomeration of the natural and the artificial.

Through this drawing I attempted to set up a framework for exploration that is based on the perception of a tree as a time recording device; telling the past, the present and speculating on the future of the forest and its relationship to the human environment.

The drawing will be constructed of two layers: A layer that agglomerates the historical and contemporary elements that look into the forest and its relation to man, the second layer will be a transparent layer drawn purely as an eclectic forested landscape that responds to the content of the base layer in its different areas.

Comment by ranuu11

The Sentient Enigma
Elizabeth Danielle Hardie

SENTIENT: Able to perceive and respond to sensation; “to feel”

The extreme deforestation that occurs in the rainforests of Borneo ignited a movement to prove that plants were sentient. A think-tank came up with the idea that if new windows of interactions between humans and plants could be created, the forests would be proven to be sentient and thus, saved.

In a future where plants are cognizant and we are able to comprehend our environment, one would imagine that both the man-made city and the natural world are able to exist in harmony. However, new areas of conflict arise, dispersing the myth of a utopia where man and nature live equally. The tripartite of man, nature and the city results in a territory where confrontations are bound to happen. Where only the people living within bring the urban to life, the woodland itself has a consciousness.

This drawing exposes the possibilities that could come to fruition while juxtaposing the sentient natural world against the insensate cities of man. Rotating each of the three dials portrays varying degrees of penetration of the sentient environment into the city and how the lives of people are affected. Thus creating opportunities for understanding and recalibration.

Comment by Elizabeth Hardie

LAND IS A VESSEL
Erik Hoffmann

Land is like a vessel. It merely rests, it sees everything in constant motion; exercises its inherent dynamic sensibilities. The vessel strips away and re-amalgamates its flesh and crew: it is one to stay. Seeking wealth pillaging fragments of continental masses, finding momentary opportunistic partnerships in substitute to its ravaged flesh, only to forget its own exploited history, only to avoid its own timeless materiality, its perpetual organs abraded, disseminated by the relentless systemisation of accelerated erosions.

Landscapes are either present, or erased. Land, however, is the debut of materialisation. It is the common beginning of a possibly long, or plausibly short life of paraphernalia, all with a too similar ‘mono-materialistic’ fate. Ever since the Land Revolution, extracted and ‘dismembered’ matter has ‘sailed’ across the globe to unprecedented encounters and mixtures into functional apparatus to our resolute, distinct civilisation. Property of land, entitling rights to extract and sell, presents the paradigm of land as a movable and exchangeable entity—wether remembered or not—objects somewhat retain their abiding origins. The globalised world thus not only sees a multi-cultural exchange of intellectual fluxes, but tremendous interlaces of physical material diversity, such that materialisation has become homogenous to the world’s entirety in its ever transnational fusion of material systemisation. If the notion of material life was as efficient as its first steps to eventually be formed into a new consumer product, society would create a new genesis for forsaken materiality—a technological disobedience—one to critically feed regional needs and trigger the most inventive efforts of humanity. A ‘moral liberation’ to our confined reimposed technologies.

If land does indeed move, then it must be a vessel: carried by the tormentous winds of civilisation and passively perpetual currents of time, decay, abyss and rebirth.

The drawing will attempt to emphasise ‘slices’ of land with apparent nomadic features and unique modes of living and interactions between them. The binding of ‘floating islands’ will attempt to communicate the relationships between such disparate lands, and how their features interact whilst appearing culturally distant, although technologically compatible. Some disparate lands might live in symbiosis with one another, others as parasites, scorching and ravaging other land for its resource(s). In this instance, the drawings intention is suggestive in depicting transnational actions occurring around land, and its abilities to ‘displace’ it and establish unprecedented interactions between disparate lands and their current technologies, leading to the birth of new ‘technological offsprings’.

Comment by erikhoffmann1

– They are seen, but they do not see; they are the objects of information, never a subject in communication

My research started by looking at augmented reality and how it can potentially affect various aspects of future life, i.e. architecture, privacy, marketing, control issues, increased surveillance, etc. The majority of research came from such sources as Keiichi Matsuda’s concept film “Hyper-Reality”, British television anthology series “Black Mirror” , and the article by Lev Manovich “The Poetics of Augmented Space”.

I further focused on the aspect of modern surveillance and how it is becoming more and more ubiquitous. No longer employed only by governments, the military and businesses but also by individuals; cheap, tiny, wireless, and net-enabled, video cameras can now be placed almost anywhere. (For instance, by 2002, many taxis already had video cameras continuously recording the inside of the cab.) Consequently it reminded me of a concept of panopticon, which is to allow people in panopticon to be observed by a single watchman without being able to tell whether or not these people are being watched.

Fascinated by this idea I came up with a “what if” future scenario where advanced technology, such as AR became more accessible and therefore started to overtake the world. Everything became digitalised, both inside and outside of people’s home. The role or architecture became irrelevant, the form of buildings didn’t matter anymore since any physical space was overlaid with endless amount of digital information (such as advertisements). Hence, the entire cityscape just became the agglomeration of homogeneous, minimalistic, ornament-free, white geometric shapes. The sense of community was destroyed since everyone can know everything about each other and therefore there is no point in communication. Terrified by these rapid changes, a group of outcasts has been formed. Not willing to live in a world that is overpopulated with (controlled by) digital technology, they decided to come back to traditional living (using animals and a form of transportation, harvesting natural crops, embracing communal living where everything is shared, etc etc) and isolate themselves from the modern world.

This community now lives in a panopticon-like, enclosed city. It’s been living there for many generations, and people have forgotten how they got there. The city is a giant circular structure with numerous cells/apartments that occupy the circumference. In the centre there is an enormous sculpture/creature – headless torso of a human (genderless) that holds an eye above it’s body. The eye provides light to the city and constantly watches over the citizens. Nobody in the city knows what the creature is and how it appeared there, the only thing they know is that it regularly observes them, hence, they treat it as an omniscient God and worship it every day.

In reality, the creature is nothing but a giant sculpture and the eye is just an amphitheatre for people who live in the outside world. For them, panopticon is nothing more than just a form of entertainment – a museum/theatre, where citizens are just actors/exhibits. Society that embraced the technology comes to panopticon to observe bizarre people who chose to live traditional/primitive lives.

In the final drawing I want to compare and contrast these two conflicting worlds that exist during the same time and establish the relationship between both of them.

Comment by daryanaumchenko

A nerve cell triggers, firing a synapse. A muscle contracts, involuntarily. A key is pressed. A trillion micro logic gates execute, a character is created.
Sarah is an electrical engineer, from the comfort of her compact housing capsule the glaring array of screens’ rapid scrolling speed masked the mistake she had accidentally imputed into city network 5’s power supply code.
The biannual update vigorously updated itself, launching city network 5 into its 372nd update cycle. Delta, the world’s central super computer pored through the code before being interrupted by Sarah’s mistake. Delta instinctively reverted the changes that were being applied upon discovering the error.
But in that brief moment between new and old, city network 5’s electrical supply was cut for 1.26 seconds, across all the capsule units a cumulative 200 years of time had been affected. Sarah had taken up three lifetimes in that moment. Her status as an engineer was immediately revoked and in that instant she became nobody, once again.
A soft, composed sigh coursed out of her body, she contained her resentment. She rolled her skeletal figure towards her capsule’s door and slithered into the hall that leads to the vertical lift system. Her building’s rooftop was to her a sanctuary, the peace she found there revered. She looked onward at the sea of mega structures that dissipated into the horizon, she had never traveled to the edge of a city network, ‘if one even exists’ she thought. The size of a city network was to her a distant concept, it was not something she could fathom.

-“Even omniscience could not see the end of the city”
-Vince III, grand architect

The silence veiled over the city was only occasionally dotted by a soft hum of electrical cabling or the whispers of the autonomous machines that manage the surface level of the cityscape. The capsules that consisted the shells of the mega structures produced no sound and emitted no light. The lifeless husks could or could not have been accommodating people. Sarah pondered the possibility of her existence as the only living being in the universe but she dismissed herself from deeper reflection, she had worked in management in the past, she understood the abundance of life around her.
Electrical engineering, management, mechanic, she could not understand why Delta even allowed people to work, they’re unreliable, prone to mistakes. Her emotions fluctuated into a hint of despair. Uncomfortable, she headed back towards her capsule.

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A city, whose relentless expansion thrives to connect itself to other cities and infrastructures, wakes in the age of the machine.
What is the edge of the city? Is it where high rise ends or where nature begins?
As the concrete titans proliferates themselves across vast stretches of land to become part of the symbiotic system that envelops the world, the boundaries that once were start to blur into areas of lower density and traffic. The seamless continuation of the city scape entices visions of the infinite, the fruit of man and machine irreversibly changing the malleable shell of human nature.
The age of automation has evicted a core principle of the human psyche, purpose. Longing for the answer to life in the era of information hyper density, consciousness becomes lost in the scale of the digi-mechanical universe encasing it.
Each thought forms the mind of each individual, each individual a burden to its supporting capsule housing unit, each capsule a cell of the membrane that forms the mega structures, each structure a droplet in the ocean that is the metropolis, each metropolis an intersection in the lattice that is the city network, each network a transistor of the Delta supercomputer. The computer, an infinitely complex machine birthed from the collective thoughts of humanity, shaped by all memories that ever were and ever will be, watches silently over the cold human world with the intent to preserve its beating heart from reaching its last pulse.

Comment by leonardlb

Subcultures grow in parallel to the expansion of the neighbourhoods that they inhabit — as an alternative culture becomes increasingly prominent in society, the neighbourhood in which they congregate transforms itself to cater to the needs and necessities of the community. This evolution is manifested by the increasingly personalised nature of the area such that it becomes identified to its subculture.

In contrast to the quasi-permanent subculture neighbourhoods, the annual Burning Man festival held in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, is a temporary gathering place for alternative cultures. Although a mere 7-day event, the festival is highly planned and organised throughout the year. A radial city plan houses themed camps and villages of Burning Man and the city even functions with its own set of rules, principles and ideologies, thus blurring the boundaries between the temporary and permanent. Recently, the Burning Man organisation has even purchased a large plot of land 33 kilometres away from Black Rock City, so as to create a year-round permanent event space for the extension of the Burning Man experience and to further expand its presence as a global cultural movement.

Given this context, I would like to question how a subculture city can exist permanently — How does it coexist with the ‘mainstream’ or ‘default’ city? In this process, what are the conflicts and frictions that can arise from this coexistence (Are specific and unique characters of the subculture city superimposed on the default city and vice versa? Does the influence of one on the other create awkward and curious extensions?). Following this line of thought, how does the threshold between the two cities look like, if there are clear delineations between the two cities at all?

Comment by shaeronsantosaattan

The word Cybernetics comes from Greek, meaning “The Art of Steering”

What happens to the city when , synthetic antibodies become the norm? Would it be widely Distributed? Or would only a select few be able to afford such things? The human body becomes a base to improve upon, with the ability to genetically modify our own cells or replace limbs through prosthetics, cybernetic technologies becomes another sort of ‘bling’ much like tattoos and piercings.

I am fascinated by the idea of how innovations such as synthetic antibodies could transform the way we inhabit land, and what would become of the borders that many would understand as a dead end. I believe it would alter a much greater scale that is the city by indicating safer, healthier, and wealthier parts of the city.

Keywords:
⦁ Accesibility
⦁ Protection
⦁ Defense
⦁ Invasion
⦁ Interdependence

Much like the movies Elysium or Upside down,there would be an intermediary space that would demarcate different classes of people due to political and economical reasons, and this intermediary space for me was the border that could potentially hold the tools and facilities that would help the city become a more pleasent place to live in. The border would become the transition of two social classes which would further feed the idea of dependency, and how each has their role to fulfill.
The border is a very interesting topic for me along with the technology of the synthetic antibodies and other cybernetic technologies that serve as health products. These topics help me think of scenarios where the border can be percieved as both physical, non-physical, and as a spatial influence. I am interested in exploring how the city structure relates to the accesibility to a healthy life and body.
A city that is governed according to the health of the population, the wealth that creates these differences in social class, and the increase or decrease of military action because of cybernetic technologies are some things that I am currently thinking about.

The drawing holds the composition of the ‘Y’ which also relates to the structure of the antibodies themselves, while the ‘y’ becomes the border that demarcates and indicates the hierarchy of social class determined by wealth and health.
I would like to think of this border as a place to meet, introduce, gather and inhabit. Borders are not meant to be blocked, they are meant to be passed and acknowledged, it is like a front door, it must be able to both filter and keep the area safe, while allowing resources, and people to cross over. Synthetic antibodies do much the same thing as many borders do, which is detect what is foreign and what could be a threat and block them from further venturing the body. The border does the same by identifying foriegners, but also allowing things to pass such as resources.

Comment by junoyim

History is rather a spiral than a loop. Visions of the future rely on experiences and patterns of the past and often fall more or less short of the materialised world.

Similar, arguably utopian visions of the future are described in Lebbeus Woods’ writings of the cities of Earth, Fire, Water and Air, and Richard Brautigan’s poem All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. They depict a future world where humans return to an augmented prime state – a rediscovered natural habitat, where humans live in a harmonic state with the ecosystem with the help of highly sophisticated and intelligent technologies. Brautigan talks about cybernetics explicitly in the old fashioned way, while Woods is suggesting technologies which adapt and help human life to adapt to natural cycles of energy and matter (the key principle of cybernetics).

Based on these observations, both authors suggest a near loop in human progress, which per se resonates with the motif that the historical trajectory is a spiral.

When looking at the trajectory of progress in a scientific context like the cybernetics, there is a constant dialogue of hypotheses, visions and materialised reality, which mutually supplement each other pushing boundaries of progress. Some feasible visions develop into proposals and innovations in the future becoming part of the materialised reality. This then influences the future visions of the future, etc.

The vision Woods suggested in 2009 in his writing is informed by the long interlinked trajectory of visions and realities which Brautigan’s poem became part of in 1967.

The drawing looks back into this spiralling trajectory of cybernetics and artificial intelligence, and concludes – in the foreground – into a personal vision, based on all the research made.

The idea is to highlight, and have a discussion about the elements which form our anticipation about artificial intelligence and why they form them, and more importantly the feasible WHAT IF’s of the future ahead of us.

Comment by ckokarev

Speculative land future.

The future land is the speculative realm in the threshold. It is the second layer of reality, where the logic of the world does not apply. The symbolic door, with a double lock, is the entrance of the speculative land future. With the augmentation of the body, the person is able to open the bicentric lock and enter another level of the world. The speculative realm is a place where the time is suspended at the moment when dematerialization happens, when reconstruction is still in the process. In order to perceive the future, one always needs to go back in time. Therefore, the future land is established based on memory and the past. Fragmented elements of the known world thus appear quite frequently. Inside the threshold, the person will travel on a vessel, which gives him special views and perspectives to understand the speculative realm, the zone. The speculative realm is the reflection of the existing world and our imagination, so that there are always more things inside the threshold than outside.

The adverb is crucial. The way the traveler opens the never really closed door directly affects the speculation. Everything has its own time span. Dematerialization, deconstruction, deforestation and erosion. Reconfiguration of the world is happening in the threshold in a different scale of time. To witness is the task for the traveler, who has two keys and two eyes and is living in a 3 dimensional world.

Comment by andylin

The frontier has a unique relationship to, and conception of, land. A frontier exists beyond the current territorial borders or in the case of science beyond the limit of what is knowable. In this way it is a seemingly immeasurable space or place, not necessarily in size or resource abundance but in terms of standard legible relationships. In this way the frontier is always tied to some kind of innovation regarding how one orients themselves with respect to a center and an unknown territory.

As a case study, the port of Rio de Janeiro is an interesting example because of the relationship of British merchant to moorings. Geographically the port is at the outer most margin of the legible territory, marked with lighthouses and docks the port is linked to, but separate from, the open ocean beyond or the inward expanse of soil. Here, legal jurisdiction breaks down in several ways, through the tax exempt trade zones on shore, where goods are carefully weighed and exchanged, to the disputable territory lines stretching out to the shifting maritime landscape.

The mooring points of ships just offshore become international outposts in the hope of shifting international borderlines and economic gain. A port points in two fixed directions, the port of departure and the port of arrival.

The relationship of the frontier to a particular center, whether fixed or moving, offers grounds for a rethinking of how orientation functions across territory. A cross section through the scanning beam of a radar or the ray of a lighthouse.
-hunter

Comment by hunter doyle

Frontier lands

The frontier has a unique relationship to, and conception of, land. A frontier exists beyond the current territorial borders or in the case of science beyond the limit of what is knowable. In this way it is a seemingly immeasurable space or place, not necessarily in size or resource abundance but in terms of standard legible relationships. The frontier is always tied to some kind of innovation regarding how one orients themselves with respect to a center and an unknown territory.

As a case study, the port of Rio de Janeiro is an interesting example because of the relationship of British merchant to moorings. Geographically the port is at the outer most margin of the legible territory, marked with lighthouses and docks the port is linked to, but separate from, the open ocean beyond or the inward expanse of soil. Here, legal jurisdiction breaks down in several ways, through the tax exempt trade zones on shore, where goods are carefully weighed and exchanged, to the disputable mooring zones stretching out to the maritime landscape.

The mooring points of ships just offshore become international outposts in the hope of shifting international borderlines and economic gain. A port points in two fixed directions, the port of departure and the port of arrival.

The relationship of the frontier to a particular center, whether fixed or moving, offers grounds for a rethinking of how orientation functions across territory. A cross section through the scanning beam of radar or the ray of a lighthouse.

Comment by hunter doyle

The project’s intent is to question the future boundaries between our city and the hidden culture in the nature. From the film ‘origin of the past’ to ‘westworld’, where natives are being intruded by the outer force causing an alteration of the existing landscape, future boundaries will not be a line but can be visualized as a protected wonderland that slot in between the two contrasting elements.

Due to social outcast and globalisation that cause the minority ethnic groups to be located outside of the central city, the endangered languages are mostly found at the boundaries on our world map today. For the indigenous groups, languages uniquely encode in their grammars and lexicons specific information about topography, endemic species, and other environmental factors such as weather patterns and vegetation cycles and all these domains of knowledge, only scantily documented, are eroding.

So how can we use architecture as a linguistic encoding tool that allows for efficient transfer not only of names for things but also of complex and hierarchal taxonomic relations among species and other ecosystem elements? Most of this information is packaged such that it cannot be directly translated. Such knowledge erodes or dissipates when a community shifts over to speaking a global language.

Can we restore linguistic and ethnic diversity through forming a cultural belt on the boundaries? A possibility to embrace the difference yet leave them as pure and uninterrupted as what we imagine a mythical land would be.

Comment by qiuyuqiuyu




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