critic: david RUY
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
michelle FOWLER: This project illustrates a scenario where the economy of energy is reversed, from an economy of scarcity, in which we live, to one of abundance. Central to the design is the idea of fusion energy and feeding cities with the power harvested from their own synthetic sun. Spatial and aesthetic representations follow the philosophical theory of economic abundance, in which the individual consumes energy to the point of satiation then proliferates until maximum occupancy is reached.
Living matter then creates apparatuses which facilitates the growth of resources at its disposal and the energy that overflows is squandered on inert luxuries. However, there are limits to the amount of terrestrial space and the forces which make life possible are unevenly applied throughout this space. Life is confined to the areas where these forces exist.
These philosophical points where applied to the design of the urban scale to that of the individual. The urban plan clusters around the source of energy, the fusion “sun”, and radiates outward. The synthetic landscape is both a boundary and a network for energy distribution that feeds habitation modules. The modules are vertically clustered for maximum density on a finite footprint. The interior of each module is a fluid network which differentiates space and acts as a nervous system for transferring energy from the synthetic landscape to the needs of the individual. The module and the landscape networks are the external boundaries that are densely infilled with the activities and luxuries of exuberant life.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mF: David Ruy and H.R. Giger.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mF: Reading “The Accursed Share” by Georges Bataille, listening to The Hollows, watching a lot of dystopian sci-fi movies (everything from Brazil to Wall-E).
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
mF: Ruy Klein, StudioTEKA, SU11, reiser + umemoto.