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[Evolo 2016]


Contributor: Andrew Bradford

[Dynamic Social Systems In Architecture]


Bio-Cybernetics situates itself deep within the digital revolution and the expanding role of design and technology within the contextual framework of the imminent renaissance occurring in the city of Detroit. Through a post-human approach [a vertical community designed around machine as opposed to man] Bio-Cybernetics becomes a catalyst for digital information that is fed back to city inhabitants through a large-scale use of telecommunications technologies (fiber-optics, etc) and cybernetics. This avenue of cybernetics, indicating a closed-signal feedback loop, allows the regulatory system of the architectural response to become a radical stimulus in the reactivation of the urban fabric of the city across mechanical, physical, biological, cognitive, and social natures. 


The architectural deployment of Bio-Cybernetics, augmented and complimented by the systematic integration of drones, seeks to focus on and address the socio-economic decline seen throughout the city over recent years; specifically through the mass collection and disbursement of critical information on these issues. As the drones circulate throughout the city and fulfill their roles as curators of crucial information, they are then able to return this information back into the feedback loop created by the presence of Bio-Cybernetics.


Bio-Cybernetics utilizes a simple geometrical system for the foundation in which the tower bundles are nested. By starting with a fundamentally primitive building block, or cell, the aggregations of geometry produce the integrated ground plane condition both intertwines and disburses the towers themselves. The modes through which these geometries are produced and explored result in aggregations that exhibit form of an innately gothic nature (grotesque, redundant, vegetal, etc).


This disposition then engages the urban sprawl of Detroit, a construct with extreme historical and cultural significance, by employing one of the cities greatest natural resources: open space. With the impending exponential increase of inhabitants as millennials among others begin to repopulate the city, Bio-Cybernetics is able to generate a careful catalogue of patterns of growth, areas of higher need, areas of lesser need, transportation necessities, and other information necessary for sustainable urban growth. By enhancing the infrastructure of communicative technology in Detroit, the revitalization of the city is able to occur in a much more imperishable and supportable manner, overseen through the accessibility of intelligible systems made possible by Bio-Cybernetics. The proposal in its very essence remains capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own cybernetic systems. This exploration of new territories in architecture interrogates the delicate yet dynamic equilibrium between man and nature; or in this instance, man and machine.









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