Author : Joey Jacobson

University : Pratt Institute

Status : BArch, 2014

Advisor : Karl Chu

Title : Ex-Machina

Ex_Machina proposes an architecture that is attuned with the world and itself. A dissipative and outreaching form, determined by pure causality and random occurrences.

This architecture would operate as a growing organism that can DEconstruct and REconstruct itself based on the [ innumerable variables ] in and around it.

The system is made primarily of future composites of Aerogel and Graphene: highly productive materials with incredible insulative properties, that can change state, hold different electric charges, and decompose/recompose at will.

We can consider it to be 4-d printed. Like Von Neumann’s self-reproducing automata, it is  built in [ real time ] into components that in turn can change in [ real time].

How does this architecture affects and possibly evolves the human condition?

Possible Relationships to Data Landscapes // Do we approach possible worlds as voyeurs or do we immerse ourselves in the future head onWhat will our Futures Future Find in the Wake of Their Past // With past worlds consumed and momentary artifacts left behind what will the implications be for humanity and its place in the world

Through an ocular-implant interface, users [ interact ] with their surroundings and each other.

If information is referenced by the user and the architecture on a short term lapse, then

the question lies in where is storage held long-term? And what are the implications of data remnants?

This exploration is centered on, what is labeled as, fossils. As information is created in large quantities or a place remains stagnant for a long period of time, spatially spastic and functionally ambiguous objects generated from a substrate of the systems structure network. These fossils are banks for data, which remain stationary on the decomposed landscape. As the architectural stuff moves and changes, it leaves behind these monoliths of abstraction. Local labyrinths of information, that can be accessed a random number of times after being left behind.

Then, at an unknown point to whatever data-scavenging nomad happens to be accessing its vaults of information, decomposes, leaving an organic pile of ash that has no further use to the human interface.

The script for this project was written in part by Jonathan Cortes


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project we should be aware of?
Joey Jacobson_ That Architecture that is oriented towards the future and postHumanism is not explicitly anti-humanist. That architecture, like science, should be the objective and highly analytical cross-reference of information across fields, with a progress/discovery-oriented ambition.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
JJ_ Any field that is willing to both step back to understand larger pictures, and step in and down to understand the smaller picture. For example, microbiology, quantum physics, environmental sciences, and sociology. Architecture has the potential to be an amalgamation of other fields, so if it is inherently multifaceted and flexible, I’ll probably be reading about it.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
JJ_ The past and present paradigms of architecture. It’s easier to confront your enemies when you understand them.

S//A : Describe your dream project
JJ_ A sentient architecture that evolves on its own–possibly beyond human parameters. I haven’t decided if it’s a dream or a nightmare yet.