Une architecture des humeurs
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  • R&Sie(n) (archive creator)
  • Francois Roche (architect)
  • Stephanie Lavaux (artist)
  • Kiuchi Toshikatsu (architect)

Une architecture des humeurs



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Series 4, Une architecture des humeurs, 2008-2011, documents the conception and the presentation of exhibition and project Une architecture des humeurs.

Presented at Le laboratoire art gallery in Paris between January and May 2010, Une architecture des humeurs is a conceptual, unbuilt, residential urban structure based on a potential future in which contemporary science reads human physiology and chemical balance. The idea is to acquire a chemistry of the “humors”, or the moods and temperament, of future purchasers. Taken as input, the information generates a diversity of habitable morphologies and relationships between them. With this process, the project attempts to make palpable and graspable, through technologies, the emotions of the participants captured via the chemistry of their body.

The goal is to gather information on their capacity of adaptation, their level of sympathy and empathy while confronted to a situation or an environment. This information is then analyzed by computational, mathematical, and machinist procedures. This leads to the design and production of an urban structure submitted to the improbable and uncertain protocols produced by emotions, also creating aggregations and layouts that rearticulate the links between the individual and the collective. These structures are calculated following simultaneously incremental and recursive structural optimization protocols resulting in the physicality and morphology of architecture. The layout of the residential units and the structural trajectories are conceived and developed as posterior to the constructs supporting social life and not as an a priori.

The structure of each components of the urban structure is generated by a secretion and weaving machine called Viab02. The machine is the second prototype of VIAB which was developed with Robotics Research Lab of the University of Southern California and takes its name from the terms viability and variability. With a process similar to contour crafting, the machine produces bio-cement, a mix between cement and bio-resin, giving form to the adapted residential structures.

The records consist largely of images detailing the creative process of the firm, photographs of the exhibition, and 3D models. It also contains animated renderings representing the machine in action and sequences of the construction of the building or the structure.

The records include a video orienting the project into François Roche theoretical stance, research as speculation, that can be summarize as the use of technological tools to take a critical and political position through esthetic in order to open new lines of thoughts. AP193.S2 contains updated previous version of the VIAB machine
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