Drawing a Futuristic Symbiotic Relationship between Humans and Machines
Suburban Living Machines for Living
This drawing set takes a look at a few of the repetitive banal housing typologies that make up Los Angeles- the typical suburban bungalow, the Victorian mansion, the ubiquitous post-modern mission style row house, and the modernist monster dingbat apartment. Each piece is part of the existing status quo system that the drawing series will then proceed to hack.
Each building is drawn in a cut-away axonometric to reveal the sectional space. Each axonometric is broken open and machinery inserted. This machinery is assembled from existing parts (such as car engines retrofitted to generate energy). In order to motivate the drawing assemblages, it was necessary to create fictional narratives of the energy traders residing in each house. The fictions weave together personal research regarding renewable energy and climate change, Los Angeles culture and ground-up individual ambition. Each drawing contained an inventory of cultural artefacts present in the assemblage, in addition to the diagrammatic process of re-appropriating existing machinery as a miniature power plant in a suburban home.
Energy, technology, Life: Developing Symbiotic Relationships with the Landscape through Architecture
What is really missing from modern/postmodern architecture is the anthropomorphic dialogue between our buildings and the people who use them. This isn’t necessarily a formal issue (where buildings literally take on a human form) but rather an issue of architecture taking on a more intelligent role in the way it performs. In approaching this problem, he looked at various types of experimental energy power plants, as he saw these structures as unique performers in the way they transform renewable resources into usable energy. After examining various processes, Jason interwove their components into four narratives that explain a futuristic symbiotic relationship between humans and machines. By integrating power generating technology into our cities, we create a more reliable decentralized system of energy harvest and distribution, rather than relying on a centralized outer location. This is turn creates an integrated ecology of self-sustaining organisms that symbiotically coexist rather than relying on a total separation of the separate systems.
Originally from Southern California, Jason is a freelance architectural designer currently based in London, UK. He is interested in interdisciplinary collaborations and new ways of thinking with regards to virtual networks.