We are interested, then, in everything from the intelligent application of traditional techniques to advanced digital processes in which digital fabrication entails the use of computers not only as design tools but also as tools for self-production.” IAAC Website
Focusing on the high-tech portion of the brief we are considering a flexible building skeleton
that can be initiated by the user and adapt and transform over time. Environmental cues and user behavior would determine the size, shape, and performance of the structure. As the structure optimizes itself in relation to the climate it has been situated in, and in relation to the movements of the inhabitants, data would stream to the Internet. This information would compile into a database that records top-performing building shapes and sizes and further optimizes existing and future structures.
Secondary ideas about initial shape of structure
1. With Biomorph land from Out of Control in mind, the user would be presented with an
initial selection of nine structure types. The user would select preferred aesthetics and eventually
arrive at a unique structure. This selected structure would form on site through digital control of
the flexible skeleton and then continue to optimize over time.
2. A second idea that could potentially be incorporated into the first would be to allow users to
select structures from a catalog of known architectural forms. Villa Savoye, Bachelor House,
whatever. The house would then optimize over time and destroy the original form. Nanobot
paint was under discussion for the implementation of this idea.
We have decided to allot another week or two to research before we begin to model anything. The IAAC website implies a preference for low-tech solutions in some places(encourage individuals all over the world to build houses with the means available locally). We might consider revising this initial proposal. And at any rate we still need a clearer idea.