Protected moments within the Park: Precedents of style, aesthetic and interaction

Shadow Pavilion Informed by Biomimcry

 Ply Architecture – eVolo | Architecture Magazine.

BIO Coral Reef Pavilion- Interactive WIFI spy Pavilion

As a sophisticated biological network, coral reefs are natural spies. Reefs consist of hundreds (or even hundreds of thousands) of polyps, which gather information about their environments and use it to shape their growth patterns and, consequently, the form of the reef itself. In a way, their structures are a product of their surveillance of the environment.

San Francisco–based BIOS Design Collective wanted to render Silicon Valley’s invisible web of data—from overlapping wi-fi signals to the behavior trackers buried in web pages—as a physical expression they chose the coral reef as their ruling metaphor. This LED Pavilion “Spies” On Its Inhabitants – Architizer.


Russian Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale

Art & Design: The Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale | Blog | Stylesight.

Fabricated Pavilion, Stuttgart

Researching New Tectonic Possibilities In Architecture / Robotically Fabricated Pavilion In Stuttgart – eVolo | Architecture Magazine.

An interesting project using woven fibres and robotics to determine the structure and fabrication, I imagine this as a temporary woven structure over a protected space within the park where the fibres are able to deflect invasive radio waves, wifi signals and communications.

The pavilion is entirely robotically fabricated, from glass and carbonfiber composites and it investigates the eventual co-relation between bio-mimetic design strategies and new processes of robotic production. The new composite construction paradigm in architecture is rooted in morphological principles of arthropods’ exoskeletons. Typically, exoskeletons are a shell type structure that supports and protects an interior space such as an animals body. In the case of the park as a sanctuary, the exoskeltal structure would act as a protective device against invasive communications.

Sou Foujimoto, Serperntine Pavilion

Nature Listening Device.

Hacking nature as an eavesdropping device.

Potential to take the protected space in the park back to my initial exploration with foam as space for moments of contemplation.


[Nature] Version 2.0

Scouring the Wired blog for ideas, I came across these superpowered, GPS enabled insects of the future as an idea for camouflaged drones within the city or park. A french photographer has hypothesised a time where science, technology and living organisms have all intersected to create a handful of ultra-developed species with highly technological capabilities, an imagined future, based loosely on current research on synthetic biology and genetic engineering. Subtle changes in the animals appearance or genetics that are not overstated, spectacular or entirely visible make these animals the perfect infiltrator to an unsuspecting natural environment.

The artist worked with synthetic biology specialists and speculative designers to figure out what could actually happen in the future, exaggerating the present to create a speculative fiction. By exaggurating the present, what would the Architecture of a data harvesting device controlling the city be?

BEETLE:  has a GPS receiver in its horn and secretes a two-layer ABS/plexiglass material.

SCORPION:  used during minimally invasive surgeries. It can regenerate cells at an increased rate, which results in injuries healing in seconds or minutes.

JELLYFISH:  The moon jellyfish is able to study aquatic life, map ocean floors and monitor ocean currents. It can transmit data from as deep as 7,000 meters below sea level.

LIZARD: The monitor lizard secrets a thin layer of aluminum. Highly adaptable through camouflage

OWL: The owl’s pixelated vision enables it to transmit a fuller picture to the brain. Its feathers protect it from predators by producing narrow-band wavelengths.

INSECT: The weevil has anodized aluminum jumping components that allows it to jump 3 to 7 feet high.

DRAGONFLY: The dragonfly is able to detect traces of volatile inorganic gases like CO2.