sciarc | summer semester 08
evolutionary landscapes
Collaborative research and design studio : mediascapes postgrad and vertical studio program
Jean Michel Crettaz, instructor independent studies

Markdavid Hosale, visual studies seminar
interactive tools, max/msp/jitter + arduino

Aaron Bocanegra, visual studies workshop, AE
after effect, FCP

Technological advancement reeks with the human world,
computers flout and robots expand our operative spectrum.
New technologies interact with our bodies more effectively
than could be achieved by human skillfulness alone. Body
integrated nanobots are at the verge of altering genetics
limiting our life span and becoming prostheses of the
human mind. Molecular size computers implanted in the
human brain will expand and connect us with vast amount
of memory and information. Living in an all encompassing
techno sphere of computer algorithms will become
intimately familiar with who we are, what we know and what
we want. Machines prompted us to trade our natural
environment for what was to become our manmade world.
Technology now beckons us to trade even further from our
biological origin until we might reach a point where we may
no longer recognize ourselves as we morph into new trans-
and posthuman species.
Idealistically, the time capsule intended to communicate a
story of our world was sent out into space aboard voyager1
in 1977 represented a unsoiled view of human evolution. All
references to war, disease, crime and poverty were
omitted. but for anyone to engage with the true nature of
human existence we have to recognize the dilemma of our
species’ restless curiosity which put us repeatedly on the
brink of self destruction.

Today scientists are evolving humanity and its habitat,
stretching it farther beyond its biological origin transforming
nature and technology at molecular scale, and adapting life
on earth for the circumstance that will undeniably determine
our future. As we are already living the life of science fiction
we might as well get good at it or face our own peril.

What are the architectural consequences and challenges
posed by the evolution of life forms? One century into the
electronic age, we have become accustomed to interacting
indirectly and mediated through networks stretching far
beyond one-dimensional mechanistic body extensions. But
now as digital technology becomes increasingly invisibly
embedded in the everyday, more activities become
mediated and networks extend rather than replace
architecture. Design reflects not only how we deal within
interfaces but also how we operate in situations where
interactivity has become predominantly ambient,
shifting previously mechanical one-way operations to
global, responsive and integral synthetic landscapes.