suckerPUNCH: describe your project:
michael ARELLANES II: by researching insect and reptile forms for performance properties to be used for robotics, it became a departure for translating these properties into the integration of architecture. the architectural space and structure are generated by a series of insect component structures. the concept is to create a hybrid structure of dynamic form that has ai mechanisms built into the architecture to perform with insect intelligence and mobility within its surface structure. initial stages of the processes are to generate a series of components with xenomic properties to attach and assemble with other generative pieces with vertebrate potentials.
the program consists of a residential – office tower in the lower east side of manhattan, and facilitates a large outdoor theater with exhibition spaces along the pier. the strategy for the vertical condition is to intensify the stacking affect with hybrid xenomic parts. aggregation logic is used to develop structure and surface to derive complexity through few molds. the tectonics are to accelerate rhythm through its variation of components and shifting of floor plates. the desired effect is to evoke animal sensations through its aggressiveness in morphology and insect parts.
galleries and projection spaces occupy the head of the beast, it also encloses and transforms to outdoor theater seating. the theater is to engage the spectator in an excessive and performative way using aggressive insect formation. it intensifies the experience of engagement and blurs the boundary of machine and animal. the project is a genesis of cyborg architecture generated by aggregation systems in xenomic dna behavior models. the result is to create a synthesis for animal – hybrid structures for neo – new york.
sP: who or what influenced this project?:
mA II: biological – genomic formations in the xenopus. reptile and insect form
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mA II: reading: the search for the laws of self-organization and complexity by stuart kauffman
the architecture of variation edited by lars spuybroek
environmental tectonics: forming climate change edited by steve hardy
listening: flying lotus, samiyam, seven ark, jazzflora, hird, xela, stateless: the art of no state, nujabes
watching: appleseed, vexille, renaissance, and 2046
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?