2/14/2011

New House of the future by Kuangyui Tao

Kuangyi Tao's "House of the Future" design explores issues such as overpopulation, resource shortage and virtual world development. This house is an hybrid klein-bottle-shaped building which particularity is to belong to what we call "Neoplasmatic Design".
House of the Future, © Kuangyi Tao

Neoplasmatism or Neoplasmatic Design defines this new tendency of combining biology and architecture and engineering. Both Steve Pike and Marcos Cruz have stated (Neoplasmatic Design, Architectural Design) : Biology has a strong influence on architecture, particularly since the two last decades.
To a large extent, this project as well as many projects, which imply directly or indirectly, for better or worse, Neoplasmatic Design, confirms the "biologicalisation" of our world. Precisely, it stresses that a notion of design is emerging which underscores exchange between physicians, biologists, designers, architects, and engineers. This interdisciplinary methodology gives rise to hybrid technologies, new materiality and hitherto unimaginable potentially living forms, as Pike and Cruz said. This is true if you remember of the post on Neri Oxman's Carpal Skin.
This Kuangyi Tao's project "House of the Future" goes further in the sense that it is based not only on biology, architecture, and engineers but also on science fiction-action film The Matrix. Remember sentient machines' bodies' heat and electrical activity which were used — apart from pacifying the human population — as an energy source, to simplify. As the "body of cells" in the Matrix film, this house is based on a system of energy and information exchange. Yet the difference is that people will be in control.
© Kuangyi Tao

The skeleton of this house is composed of a memory alloy tubes of infrastructure system. As a heart, the skin is made out of an electro-responsive material that is capable of expanding or contrasting under different electrical stimulation which purpose is a best control of daylight.
Usage of STEM algae in the building, that are embedded in the skin, can be an interesting example for architects and engineers' research on energy saving and buildings.
© Kuangyi Tao

Algae, as phytosynthetic organisms, convert CO2 into energy-abundant sugars and release oxygen as a waste product. In the case of Kuangyi Tao's House of the future, algae react to different amounts of sunlight which provides the skin more opacity or transparency. They, moreover, help to purify atmosphere. Overgrown algae, then, can be composted as bio-fuel, and extra fuel is feed back to the city.
This house contains other tubes which function is to distribute water and energy throughout the house.
© Kuangyi Tao

I can quote Kevin Kelly who calls this type of combination 'neo-biological', "in the coming neo-biological era… there might be a world of mutating buildings, living silicon polymers, software programs evolving offline, adaptable cars, rooms stuffed with coevolutionary furniture, gnatbots for cleaning, manufactured biological viruses that cure your illnesses, neural jacks, cyborgian body parts, designer food crops, simulated personalities, and a vast ecology of computing in constant flux." I however am not saying that architecture will be replaced by neo-biological conditions. Rather, architecture and engineering might learn a lot by foraying in biological field to create adaptive buildings, that is, buildings that will be infiltrated by neo-biological conditions, creating new hybrids and composite living conditions.
© Kuangyi Tao

Renderings © Kuangyi Tao
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