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  • Fuzzy Cloud

    Alexander GRASSER, "Fuzzy Cloud." Birds-eye rendering.
    innsbruck AUSTRIA

    University of Innsbruck
    critics: Marjan COLLETTI, Galo MONCAYO, & Allison WEILER.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Alexander GRASSER: The Fuzzy Cloud Pavilion explores the idea of an adaptive energy generating structure. . . .

    In areas where energy access is rare, the use of wind power is a sustainable concept for energy generation. Traditional wind turbines harvest energy efficiently, but do not provide shelter or allow immediate access to the produced energy. The idea behind Fuzzy Cloud was to design a component that, through human interaction, generates a multifunctional adaptive structure. The design of the component is based on the tetrahedron and its packing in a three-dimensional lattice grid. Each component has an horizontal energy-generating propellor that makes it applicable independent of specific wind direction. A script was developed that simulates the human interaction which could emerge within the designed boundaries of the component. Eleven connection points per component give a huge range of possible connections and lead to complex structures. The script simulates with an pheromone growth system the local decision making processes that appear during connection of components. The small size of these components should lead the speedy adaptations of the shape and functionality, creating the possibility of applying different game strategies and social interaction. The generated energy is stored and can be easily accessed for applications like cellphone charging, internet/cloud access, and large events like film screenings.

    Through game-like interactions, cloudlike spaces emerge visually and virtually.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    AG: Object-oriented design theories; fuzzy logic; Processing growth systems; the photographs of Richard Mosse; Jose Sanchez (PlethoraProject); Bartlett Nexus; and AADRL.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    AG: Reading: Michael Weinstock, The Architecture of Emergence; Sean Lally, The Air From Other Planets; Theodore Spyropoulos, John Frazer, and Patrik Schumacher, Adaptive Ecologies: Correlated Systems of Living; and Eyal Weizman, Forensis. Listening to Nicorus-Sisyphos Hammer Halle sets.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    AG: Bart//Bratke; GRAFT; SPAN; soma; UNSTUDIO; and Heatherwick Studio.

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