Cloud City LAVA
CUSP aims to be the meeting point for the design of the future and how that designs can change the way we inhabit the world.For the exhibition of CUSP: Designing into the next decade, Chris Bosse and LAVA studio created the installation – Cloud City , which aims to be the motto for the question of the future of cities and their components .
To Chris Bosse a “CUSP is a way to break with the past. Sometimes we have to break with the past to be ready for the future. What is this society we live in today and how should we respond? What is the architecture in the 21st century? Cloud City: An urban ecosystem is a sculptural rendition of Bosse’s vision of the future city the soaring , cloud stretched membrane – anchored to the ‘city ‘ on the gallery floor by highrise towers have been re -skinned and revitalized .
Chris Bosse for the future is just because we know the appearance of the buildings, but how they work, interact and connect with others, as a game where all players contribute to the common good through their distinct responsibilities.’Our installation asks: can the cities of the future be organisms that respond and adapt to their environment?
The networked city is a connected, inter -dependent organism where buildings are not singular structural entities (designed, serviced and accessed as isolated units), but part of large networked system.The distributed cloud communicates, shares smart building technology and joint infrastructure, connectivity and data transfer allowing transport , housing and urban infrastructure to adapt in response.
Bosse replaces outdated passive building facades of the skyscraper with high performance smart translucent cocoons that create their own micro climate, generate energy, collect rainwater and improve the distribution of natural daylight. By re-skinning these inefficient buildings the past is transformed into ‘super – abled ‘ buildings.
The future is to change the “old models ” of skyscraper building new standards and rules for the use and operation. The futures is not to demolish and build again our urban environment, but rather use the built and reprogram it to dominate energy levels while assigning new functions more in line with the century we live in, transforming our buildings on machines that generate energy and life.
By Luis Pina Lopes
Courtesy of Chris Bosse-Lava