Autonomous Land-formations

Author’s description:
Autonomous Land-formations is an operational aesthetic landscape garden for the enjoyment and education of people and constructed by machines. It recreates natural land-formations artificially with spaces for exposition, scientific development, learning and entertainment.

Reacting to a new intelligence: The artificial formations involve machine learning, artificial intelligence and machine vision for manufacture and exposition. As these rapidly evolving technologies are increasingly constructing our surroundings, the project presents a machine aesthetic and understanding of natural environments for a place where the rise of such artificial intelligence may alter human activities and job markets.

Location and Context: Autonomous Land-formations is primarily a space of exposition with the potential to operate in multiple locations as an attraction near places of dense population. In this particular mutation, the artificial formations re-establish the historic Crystal Palace site in London as a landmark destination. It is formed on the 500×60 meter footprint of one of the most influential locations for technological innovation during the second industrial revolution. As once experienced within the 18th century Crystal Palace Park, the autonomous land-formations recreate a pivotal and popular destination. By demonstrating developing technologies that organise the building and landforms as illustrations of knowledge.

Formation as Architecture and Manufacture: This urban landmark exposes an artificial recreation of natural land formations through landscapes that are under constant construction, decomposition and recreation. The voxel based geometries that structure the landforms are aesthetically functional and can also be understood through machine vision for the machines to calibrate for the construction of the space itself. Machines learn from their constructed environments and rebuild new landforms through additive manufacture. A central public exposition space is formed and secondary interior spaces for testing and scientific development are created through the efficient voxelised structure enabled by the method of construction.

Machines and Materials: The land-formations are constructed by autonomous 3d-printing machines. Such as a ‘Foundation machine’, which calibrates through scanned point clouds and is able to navigate on its printed structure and deposit concrete and PLA composites. Once the foundations are printed, a ‘Ground Planter’ is able to deposit PLA, soil and seed composites to enable a wilderness to grow from the algorithmic forms.

Experience and Re-charge Temple: Autonomous Land-formations are formed by machines for the admiration, enjoyment and experience of humans. The typical English garden temple pavilion is also re-created as a place for the formation machines to calibrate and recharge. As well as adding to the pleasurable and educational explorations for people within this artificially and virtually created natural habitat of the near future.

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