2016 and still everything is still bigger in Texas. From Marfa to the rolling hills of Austin to plains of the northeast, Texas is a land vast and diverse. This is a land of petro-chemical, longhorns, cowboys, SXSW, and a breeding ground for something new. Imagine a Texas where photochromic pigments cloud our vision and electrical micro-charges are sticking with iridescent changes to our skin. Welcome to a possible future, where the smell of large fields of shape memory alloys continuously opening and closing their delicate leaves to the natural rhythm of sun patterns and heat development, and the taste of conductive ink among the sweat of the oil platform becomes reality. Once fueled by energy consumption, what better place than this to re-write history. And so we turn to smart materials and their use in our post-industrialised landscape.
Undoubtedly we live in the peak of electronic information. Surrounded by thousands of glittering monitors, screens and displays, we stand in the middle of information, projected by myriads of light emission diodes, pumping electrons onto glass encased Matrixes – our entertainment and information display is the last behemoth to withstand smarter evolution – it is to change! We aim to shift this enslavement from the pixel and allow control to be given to the biomimicry of natural systems on the equilibrium of chemical energy states.
This workshop aims to stimulate material experiment through innovation in combination with construction and critical re-articulation. We will work within a paradise of innovation, surrounded by programmable UAVs, robotic arms, laser cutters, and 3D printers. Our site is the landscape of Micro and Macro and its translation into a new skin of the Earth
Industry is always changing everyday. As we look towards the future, old industrial sites will become unused, abandoned or left to their own demised. Your task is to look at the sites of industry within the vast Texas landscape and propose new innovative solutions for reconstituting them for other purposes.
OIL DERRICKS – All over Texas the oil industry has built these large structural totems. In most places across Texas, they have taken them down, yet some remain. Yet they still build them today.
OIL JACK FIELDS – Whats left after the Derricks have drilled their deep holes, Oil Jacks. A classic view down La Brea in Los Angeles while your heading to the Airport, Oil jack in Texas can be seen across the states in various of places.
THE SUPERCONDUCTING SUPER COLLIDER – A project proposed in 1976 by a National Reference Designs Study created 14 shafts and 14.5 miles of tunnel before losing its funding in 1993.
NATURAL GAS STATIONS – After lobbying for the natural gas in 2000s, Texas has jumped head first into the industry. Midland/Odessa acts as ground zone for miles of Natural gas well that peek there heads out from beneath their miles of tentacles.
SMART MATERIALS – Using local materials, new materials, and reused materials, the workshop will look to link connect and manipulated the existing sites throughout Texas. Electric Ink, UV Pigment, Memory Foam, Fast set Resins, and many more
FABRICS – We will investigate the use of fabric at a material for spatial deformity. Wrap, skinned and oriiented the fabric, you are tasked to propose occupy abandoned or unused through
THE LOGO – From Pomo to Memo, the logo as a operating material can deform the perception of any object with surgeon like precision. Whether your pop, surreal or normal the logo can be used to distort, twist and deceive what it hides.
ROBOTS – Working with local industries, the robots will act as depositing, scanning or building units.
SEWING MACHINE – not used enough in the building industry, we will work as Architectural Fashion Designers to change space.
THE COMPUTER – Grasshopper to Marvelous Designer to Maya. We will use the computer to manipulate the digital to occupy the real.