ecoMachines: the making of artificial ecologies - presented and designed for the VENICE ARCHITECTURAL BIENNALE 2008. ecoLogicStudio was invited by lead curator Aaron Betsky to propose a new and experimental piece for the international pavillion at the Giardini of the Biennale. The result of this collaboration was STEMcloud V3.0: the Venice Lagoon experiment.
In an age of unprecedented interaction between the natural and the artificial realms we are confronted with the necessity to develop instruments of transformation equipped with an embedded capacity of constant adaptation and self evaluation. As nature is becoming more and more hybridized with embedded artificiality, the ethical paradigm of natural conservation is progressively losing its value and needs to be replaced with more adaptive mechanisms of management and direct evaluation of the effects of human transformation of natural ecosystems; we call this mechanism ecoMachines.
ecoMachines provide a material and operational framework to deal with change and transformation, the two main defining qualities of our new understanding of urban ecology; moreover they support interaction between heterogeneous systems, such as social, infrastructural, architectural and environmental ones; they allow us to sense, register and manipulate in our daily life the unfolding processes defining our cities, our houses and our artificial environments.
ecoMachines turns us all into ecologists in the most operational sense of the term.
The STEMcloud v3.0 reinvents the Briccola, traditional venetian infrastructural prototype, as a new bio-digital organism capable of co-evolving with the lagoon bed; as a fibrous system STEMcloud would regulate the sedimentaiton patterns of the lagoon affecting the water flow speed and turbulance; it will also host bioluminescent microalgal cultures within its bioreacting head promoting an adaptive and biosensitive lighting-sape for the lagoonal ecologic monitoring.
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