Project Details: Rotterdam Generative Archive and Mediatheque, computational design simulating architectural growth process and automation, November, 2015. This project builds off my research presented in Glitch and KVZ Mediatheque projects.
Key Role: Individual studio project. Master of Architecture, UniSA.
Kop van Zuid, Rotterdam, the connection point of north and south.
This project constructs a narrative surrounding an attempt at reconciling the cultural value differences of digital knowledge and analogue knowledge. How do you blur the boundaries of the modes of knowledge? Analogue being a slower paced absorptive experience, allowing you to bring your own imagination to the information, is at odds with the fast paced, connected and disposable nature of digital knowledge transfer. Could a space provide the opportunity to absorb analogue information in a more experiential way? Could the building manifest itself exposing and solidifying the value of a digital archive as something culturally valuable? In this project I depict and create a space for expression and connection between the two.
I devised a growth model that could solidify the expanding nature of digital knowledge within the context of an ever expanding archive. Cellular automata is the device employed for autonomous agents to navigate, explore, exhibit, serve and expand the archive.
Cellular automata is the computational method which simulates the process of growth by describing a complex system by simple individual rules. There are many sets of rules you can design into the cellular automata.
Based on a rule set described by mathematician John Conway as the "game of life." Normally a 2D construct, I used processing applications to impose the rules onto a three dimensional space, generating the floor plates based on a series of modules that respond to the human experience of navigating and collaborating within the archive. Once placed on a timeline an emergence of form can be observed.
The return brief exercise below interrogates, thematic's surrounding knowledge, client and stakeholder identification, attitudes to site, accommodations and precedents.
The grand entrance to the building is a cascade of folded urban fabric, folding up to provide access to not only the archive but the public spaces on the dyke in which the building is nested. It serves as a peaceful resting place for both the agents of the archive and its patrons. Circulation encases a communal basking and absorptive space for meeting, reading and conversing.
Rules of Development and Cellular make-up.
1. Agents as curator. Automated exhibition spaces alter the mode of knowledge transfer, enabling the experience of knowledge transfer to be accessible in a multitude of modes, like the flat lay of Chinese literature depicted above.
2. Modular detailing allows for the expansion of the archive by its resident agents. The circulation is extracted to the buildings extremities allowing for full flexibility of the archive whilst also providing the benefits of isolating damaging UV light.
3. Whilst modest within its context, the archive is at work expanding, with a new floor in automated construction. The breadth of the archive, as physical manifestation.