ADVISOR: Karen Lange LOCATION: Spring Street, Los Angeles YEAR: Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
Humanity is bored. We now desire (and seemingly demand) excessive stimulation in our already over-saturated lives. This, in turn, has created two of you. We now have you, in the material sense, but also your virtual self. Your virtual self is one of random data. It is the collection of information every time you shop and enter a discount number, it’s your Facebook avatar, it’s every Google search you’ve ever done, it’s basically anything you’ve ever published digitally. It’s you, unfiltered - and it’s vastly more interesting.
My thesis project stems from this embrace of the virtual self, and has resulted in two pieces. The first is a data derived dwelling, believing our online identities can be utilized to create more satisfying real world interactions. The second is a satirical piece, giving those totally immersed in the virtual with the ability to stay there.
PGD is an acronym for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. It’s the screening and implantation of genetic traits prior to embryonic fertilization. Realizing the profitability in this new science, PGD Inc has commissioned the construction of two structures. The first is the formation of their neonatal plant - divided into six zones of secrecy. The second is the creation of a network living dwelling - from which DNA can covertly be extracted every time residents access their pods.
Architectural production and visualization of this project was divided into two phases. The first was the construction of a physical working model from found objects like car parts and pharmaceutical drug dispensers. The second phase then took the spaces from this model and transposed them into an architectural video game for real time visualization.