by Yoko Saigo

This project proposes a cultivation device that produces an environmental condition by understanding the potential for localized ecosystems. With and without human intervention, the condition of the environment has been changed and continues to change. This can be applied to a variety of scales, from the climate of the arctic pole to the humidity of a bathroom. These condition changes cause different system of biological relationship.

For example, slime mold, one kinds of fungus, has interesting moment of adaptation. When the temperature and humidity of the forest reach a certain point, they swam over the field. Some kinds of insects which eat slime molds increase their number as well and carry more spore of fungus, but because those insects carry other kinds of fungus spore too, they grow as well. Those fungus including slime molds compete to survive again and balance the number after all. Eventually dead insects become nutrition of mushroom bed. This is one of billion cycles for local organism systems. Those cycles has potential for changes depends on the environment and create another cycles to balance the situation.

After the nuclear power plant in Fukushima had hydrogen explosion, the land, the water and air include great amount of cesium. There is black fungus funded in Chernobyl which absorb cesium instead of carbon. The architecture device provides the certain condition to cultivate the relationship between fungus and cesium in the site of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima.

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The transformation of point clouds into any sort of forms bring interesting solutions. The information generated by the various idiosyncratic situations can turn into 3d data – the very Cartesian space -; however the conclusion is a complex situation, cannot be systematized in an easy way.

Even though not directly related with the situation I described above, ‘White Elephant’ resembles the situation between point clouds and the Cartesian space, in context of the form. The following project named ‘White Elephant’ has been designed by Jimenez Lai and featured in Archinect.

sketch has been done by Orkun Beydağı related with the upper explanation, rest is Jimenez Lai’s material

The White Elephant is roughly 10’x10’x10’. It has three basic premises:

1. A building inside a building, somewhere between a super-furniture and a small house.

2. An object that tumbles to attain multiple orientations to blur the qualification plans and sections.

3. An object that is hard on the outside, soft on the inside.

Its exterior is clad with translucent polycarbonate, and the interior is stuffed cowhide. It tumbles and changes orientation and can flip to eight different stances.

What is a building that can tumble freely without gravity or fixed orientations, hard on the outside but soft on the inside, and obstructs the continuity of interior spaces like an elephant in a room? This installation is a freestanding micro building / macro furniture that questions projection, inside/outside, rigidity/fluidity and size/scale.

Showcase of the project

(taken from the article in Archinect – all materials are belong to Jimenez Lai)

*All the images are the intellectual property of Semiha Altıntaş

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