The wall as the fundamental building block of architecture is reaching obsolescence with the rise of technology. This project will explore materialization in a highly encoded space of information by projecting silhouettes on to a wall. As an installation, this addresses how inhabitants can input information into a system that reacts to transmission, interference, and hacking. These interactions will test how programmatic use of an interior space is read on the exterior façade of a building, reinterpreting the relationship between wall as interface, the wall space and space occupied by users.
A portion of the project involves an installation. The recording of silhouettes interacting with a wall will be interpreted through computer software (PS3 Eye Cature, CCV, and AfterEffects). The recordings will be translated into patterns through manipulation of infrared light through contrast and exposure.
The findings from the installation will lead to the possible design of a façade that reinterprets the interior programs of 1) a headquarters for a cloud technology company and 2) a local radio station in North Korea.
As technologies shrink and vanish from sight, the ‘invisible detail’ in architecture has become the microchip that is embedded into walls. In effect, the wall is rematerializing as a transmitter and receiver of information (communication, radio interference, and personal data).
Buildings in North Korea are like a low-tech hard drive. Controlled television and radio programs limit what people know, which translates to how they interact in space. Ultimately, this produced a contrived architecture that is as mute as its inhabitants. As an interpretation of North Korea’s technological ban, I will be exploring the implications of this on the façade of a building and how it alters the user of interior program. The outside does not make visually explicit the microchip as the physical components of the building; it must be hidden from outside view while still instigating a powerful interaction between people or between people and the wall becoming “living bits and bricks” (AD Architectural Design Magazine) that are seen in the interior wall.
A more explicit case study of the above conditions are office park buildings of Cloud service technology companies, in particular that of the company Rackspace, which is a appropriated shopping mall. The exterior muteness of this building is a representation of the need for the building to act as a fire walled, high tech fortress of information.