Architectural community monogroup is involved in parametric architecture, computational design and strongly development of transdisciplinary and cross-cultural interactions related to architecture. Last year we made series of succesive actions to study this subjects. One of the most important results of this study was the development of the
concept of CityBot.
We believe that the new possibilities, offered by the parametric architecture,
give the way for the creation of fundamentally new objects and for revision of today’s architecture paradigm.
Existing approach to urban planning, architecture, construction are extremely
inertial. Their reform is so resource-intensive under the existing paradigm, that has a little meaning. Therefore, we have chosen a way of creating new objects based on
parametric architecture in parallel with existing approaches.
Architecture has always been very conservative and slow to change. For example, Einstein
many years ago showed that time and space are relative. The architecture is still based on the concept of space, almost caught up with the ideas of Descartes. More complex
concepts in architecture are still treated as magic and alchemy. Explaining his
idea, the architect often says, “That’s my feeling”. The parametric technology allows us to
analyze any complex phenomena in architecture and translate it for other disciplines. On the other hand, we can effectively retrieve any data from
different environments and create architecture based on that data. Parametric Technology discovered unprecedented opportunities for the development of a universal language, understandable to people with different competencies – language of math, schemes and diagrams.
Our experience of creative work in interdisciplinary teams shows its high
productivity in creating of new ideas and approaches. Experts in any
field often struggling for years with the problem, the solution of which may be obvious to experts from other disciplines. For example, the robotics can, on their own initiative, easily
create robots, but they may not know how to apply them to solve any significant problems.
Architects endlessly inventing “living” houses, but to use robots to realise this ideas seem to them a fiction. Each of us is in a huge deficit of implementation of ideas. Every day we are
doing routine work. From scientists and creative people: architects, programmers, biologists we are becoming the means of production. We believe that the work in interdisciplinary teams, where each is a creative unit, lets us to get rid of the routine and to find solutions for
the hardest challenges of our time.
CityBot – is our response to the above phenomenon. This is an attempt to create a new
urban dweller, the new environmental archetype. CityBot is developed as a focus-object for testing of interaction in the interdisciplinary group of people. Therefore, it is rather a myth and a model for experiments. However, its development leads to the finding of mass concepts, that have quite utilitarian use.
CITYBOT, as a solution for the city. MYTH.
CityBot, used in the urban scale, is a compact, mobile object of human’s scale. His brain is the Internet. It derives information about the city from the network, complements it with the data from field investigation and corrects its behavior, according to this information. CityBot carries material to create the environment “on board”. He finds a hole in the “urban fabric”, such as a barrier for wheelchair users or a lack of space for self-expression. Then he
focuses attention on the problem and offers a solution. CityBot closes a “hole” with himself till the moment when people are aware of the problem and are convinced in the effectiveness of the solution. Then people create constant “patch”, and CityBot can move to the other location.
“Holes” can be both material and social. CityBot is also a universal transformer of information. Through the idea that all information is a data, that can be converted into computer code and then back to any type of information it can provide communication between deaf and blind, Muslim and Christian,theoretical physicist and a musician.