Authors : Cosku Çinkiliç, Ahmed Shokir, Pavlina Vardoulaki, Houzhe Xu

University : Architecture Association Design Research Laboratory, AADRL

Status : MArch, 2015

Advisors : Theodore Spyropoulos, Mustafa El Sayed

Title : HyperCell

Hyper Cell is an architectural system which is dynamic and can respond to changes through self-awareness, mobility, softness and re-configurability. Every individual cell can take its own decisions and has the ability to climb, roll and change its shape according to the system’s needs. “HyperCell” is a system based on local decision making between each cell. The system creates continuous forming structures, never in finite form always in formation, changing consistently according to its population.

The system will exhibit methods of self-assembly where a number of cells are able to come together without predefined instructions to create meaningful structures. Computational and physical strategies of self-assembly were developed which demonstrate the ability of the single cell and the collective. These strategies show aggregations with goal oriented strategies.

Hyper Cell is able to show mobility in two scales, local and global. As an outcome the structure will constantly reconfigure through local decision making, therefore consciously creating space from the local and global data.

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S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
HyperCell_ We have developed a system which is dynamic and can respond to changes through self awareness, mobility, softness and Reconfigurability. The intelligence is embed in the design of the single cell.The cell functionality and its behavior influence the larger population decision making.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
HC_ An intermix of technology, hardware + software.

S//A : What’s the most important thing you learned from architecture school?
HC_ The value of team work, communicating with different people from different cultures.

S//A : Describe your dream project
HC_ The evolution of Hypercell V2,V3,V4… A dream project is one that continues to evolve.