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  • 2040 : lunar outpost [a]

    2040 : lunar outpost [a]
    new orleans LOUISIANNA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    luis QUINONES: This research deals primarily with Non-Linear Systems, Termite Structures, Robotics + Algorithmic design. The chosen site for this project is on the Shackleton Crater Rim on the South Pole of the Earth’s Moon. The project timeline spans from [0 – 60 +] years, the primary focus occurs from year [0 – 20+] where the deployment of robots to the Cabeus Crater will facilitate construction during the pre human arrival period. The Robots are based on termite behavior, characterized by programming local interactions which give rise to emergent structures. This project ends with the arrival of the first human settlers on the Moon, it is merely a case study for a process informed by complex phenomena and its potential implications in Architecture.



    This scenario considers a multitude of agents [robots] working in stigmergy to produce a self organizing system. A path network was formed and optimized depending on the available resources required. In the development of these behavioral and parametric techniques a complex network of relationships will emerge. Ideally this settlement grows into the size of a contemporary human city, with developed infrastructure + habitation systems. This will depend on how successful the feedback system is, as the settlement grows it is the system’s response to these changes which will inform the subsequent networks and infrastructure.

    sP: what or who influenced this project?

    lQ: Termites, Frei Otto, Ezio Blasetti, Dave Pigram, Roland Snooks, Ammar Eloueini, Ed Gaskin

    sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

    lQ: reading : Steve Johnson – Emergence: the connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and software + The Society of the Spectacle + Manuel Delanda – A Thousand Years of NonLinear History
    listening : Trentemoller, Radiohead, Apparat, Robot Rock, Muse
    watching : 2001 : A Space Odyssey, Moon, Wall.E, Fast Cheap & Out of Control, Blade Runner, Matrix

    sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

    lQ: NASA, Ahylo Studio, Supermanoeuvre, Kokkugia,  Zaha Hadid Architects, Office da, MAD, NOUS Gallery, R&Sie[n], Michael Mccune + Hart Marlow, Emergent

    Special Thanks to  Dan Kautz, David Merlin, Blake Fisher, Ben Rath

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