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Building the Representative Spaces and Structures of an Ecological Operating System


            The appearance of an EOS in the world occurs at a specific location at which an event occurs.  This event is characterized by the installation of a typology that has been designed to house various elements that are part of the system.  At the same time, it can occur within an existing structure that is retrofitted with those elements.  In either case, it is beneficial to consider how a qualitative and quantitative investment occurs and how this investment drives the principals of design that govern the production and modification of space.  The qualitative investment occurs via the capital that has been invested to create the modular building technology that improves the energy efficiency of the space and the digital systems that account for the space and connect it to the broader system of built space, community, agriculture, entertainment, and recreation.  The qualitative investment occurs via the artwork that is installed prior to a built form in order to read the site, connect with and build upon the existing community and spatial condition, and locate the new space within a network that transcends the everyday purpose of the inhabitant who provokes the transformation to begin with.  Ultimately, this investment defines the entertainment and recreation component of an EOS that make a neighborhood and attractive place in which to live.

            As the artwork takes on form and as the person or group responsible for the new space and structure chooses components from the catalog of elements available to transform the space, various programs are added through an analysis of the spatial, social, and material condition of the site.  In the process, these elements are bth knit together and differentiated through simple structures that do not require extreme investment and maintenance.  In order to do so, we organize and engineer building, digital, and social products and services that embrace the straightforward, elegant, and poetic design that dominates contemporary products and architecture while creating strategies by which this design can enhance the particular historic situation in which it is deployed.  The result is a catalog of sustainable products that can be combined in various manners that are tailored to a specific site.  Each space and structure that results will help us calculate the benefits and productivity of the EOS.  In doing so, they will become a catalyst for further development.  Our goal is for a large and diverse set of people to be able to access and inform this EOS.  In order to do so, we offer the following guidelines for building representative spaces and structures.

I. The Ground

1) Socially Engaged Artwork

            The landscape is provoked and organized by artworks that create new points of focus and paths between them.  The result will be increased interest in and activation of the land. 

2) Social and Global Engagement

            These artworks are inhabitable and functional social and spatial entities.  They are part of a broader network.  They are a starting point that anchors future building.  They connect the local condition to global activities via the power of the artist to attract interest within the art world.

3) Lot Lines

            We should consider the merits of combing existing lots in order to increase the different types of spaces that are possible and enhance the diversity of residents and programs.  The result will be increased density of dwelling in some cases and lack of density in others, increased access to places of work, fluid paths through the landscape that do not conform to a rigid grid structure and new ownership structures that offer greater ease of owning and operating a property.

4) Agriculture

            As much of the ground should be devoted to farming as possible.  The result will be increased access to food, more efficient use of large amounts of vacant land, and a compelling visual space in which to live.

II. The Air

5) The Digital Platform

            A corresponding virtual space should be built.  This platform will support dwelling, commercial, industrial, and agricultural activities.  It will allow investors to interact with the planning of the EOS.  Ultimately, it will replace a web that is disconnected from life in the world with a web that controls space more directly.  The result will be a less alienating digital space that directly supports and provides access to work and events taking place on the ground.

6) The Field

            A digital field organizes the EOS.  This field accommodates an unprecedented number of perspectives and dismisses representational structures aligned with single people, perspectives, and points of power.  The organization of this field rests on a critique of perspective – both on the ground and from the air, from the special subject to the rare object – that has dominate art history since the Baroque.  It is made possible by the increase in points that can be accounted for and represented by digital computation and rendering.  It leads to an unprecedented accounting for and mapping of the world in and objective manner that ultimately will support a wide range of subjective positions that otherwise would have differed to a general position or leader.

III. The Building

7) The New and Old

            New buildings will be integrated with the old in order to alleviate ecologically unsustainable typologies and techniques.  The result will be structures that last longer and cost less to maintain.

8) Economically and Ecologically Sustainable Modular Building System

            The majority of these new buildings – those in which individuals live in particular – will be perfectly constructed, elegant, durable, boxes, platforms, and frames that accommodate a variety of needs.  The result will be simple streamlined systems that can be used to create space for various socio-economic groups in a unified manner.  These systems will provide a sense of order and homogeneity to the neighborhood in much the same manner that row houses and apartment houses once did.

9) Salvaged Fragments

            Fragments of past buildings that might be torn down can address an historical context and create poetry within a given dwelling.  Materials can be salvaged from buildings undergoing renovation.  The result will be spaces that reference the past, provide a sense of spatial rhythm through application of the fragment, and create a framework by which difference, addition, and change can occur within standardized building systems.

10) Vision

            The organization of the building should support site lines that survey key cones of vision.  In doing so, they should improve safety.  At the same time, the artwork around which these buildings are organized should support new ways of seeing the world.

11) Liberating the Façade

            Decaying and unsustainable parts of buildings should be salvaged.  They should be used as walls, partitions, screens, and backdrops of new buildings.  In doing so, the façade might take on new expressiveness and even become a site for projecting different aspects of the EOS.

12) Poetic Structures

            Embellished structures will occur around the points at which art is installed.  The result will be compelling and innovative works of architecture that blur the line between the pragmatic and the poetic.

IV. The Environment

13) Organic Growth

            An EOS should grow organically from the natural condition of the land prior to the moment when construction begins.  It should be integrated with the cycle of the seasons, the ethereal energy that is available, the broader global supply and distribution chains, available capital, and methods of fabricating pieces of the EOS.

V. The Society

14) Diversity

            An EOS will make it possible for different people who belong to different socio-economic groups to live in a coordinated and mutually beneficial space.  The result will be a situation in which a workforce exists in one location to do the various jobs with varying skill-sets and physical requirement that must exist in order to support a contemporary lifestyle.

15) Open City

            Public space will be reconstituted and greater room will be provided for living and congregating in the open.  The result will be to abandon a need to construct social and political space separately from nature in favor of temporary extemporaneous spaces inspired by digital spaces that support novel forms of social and political organization.  Street life will be generated through the specific design of agriculture, workshops, studios, retail shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, artworks, and homes.  The result will be safer streets that are more active.