metabolist, cyborg, image, virtual, megastructure, overlay, augmentation
The networked device is becoming an integral part of the ways in which human beings interface with their environment. This project seeks to explore the architectural implications of this trend as it reaches its logical conclusion in the cyborg mind. Access to information concerning specific geographic and architectural locations is already a tool used in the creation of communities and defining spatial boundaries. The ability to do so relies on the interconnected layers of virtual and physical objects. This relationship is described in Benjamin Bratton’s “The Stack” which labels the mass of connected devices and users as an “accidental megastructure.” Currently, our interactions with this megastructure are mediated through external interfaces. However, it seems inevitable that through augmentation, humans will adopt abilities that allow them to interact directly with both physical and virtual spaces. As the cyborg becomes more prevalent, architects will have to address structures that can interface directly with the cyborg mind.
Bressler, Christopher and Hoover, Colin, "Metabolism for Cyborgs" (2017). Architecture Senior Theses. 390.
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