A team of four students: Cosku Çinkiliç, Ahmed Shokir, Pavlina Vardoulaki, Houzhe Xu in Studio Theodore Spyropoulos assisted by Mustafa El Sayed developed an architectural system which is dynamic and can respond to changes through self-awareness, mobility, softness and reconfigurability.
Hyper Cell is a dynamic architectural system, responsive to changes through self-awareness, mobility, softness and re-configurability. “HyperCell is a time based system which has no final form, but rather is in continuous formation. The system is an ecology of constant change. We developed mechanisms to address these changes, based on local decision making. Through local interaction, the cells are able to create spaces. We also studied mass populations and their behavior – how as an ecology, they are able to collectively create structures.”
“Every individual cell can make its own decisions and has the ability to climb, roll and change shape according to the system’s needs. HyperCell is based on local decision making between each cell. The system exhibits methods of self-assembly where a number of cells are able to come together without predefined instructions to create meaningful structures. Computational strategies of self-assembly were developed, which demonstrate the ability of the cells to assemble into aggregation by local face-to-face decision making. We also developed larger populations, which were created with goal oriented strategies. The system creates continuous forming structures, changing consistently according to the population of the cells.
Urban intervention in old cities, like London, takes time to implement. We propose a new architecture typology that will address this issue. The system will analyze and take action according to data stored by the city, live data collected from different vibrant sources and local data harvested by the system. Based on this data, the system will take decisions on where it goes and what spaces it needs to generate. HyperCell is able to show mobility in two scales, local and global. As an outcome the structure will constantly reconfigure through local decision making, therefore consciously creating space from the local and global data and if the system is idle it will enter a mode where cells are able to interact in their own ecology. The whole system has no finite state, but it’s a constantly reconfiguring ecology.”
By: Aleeshba Saigol
Website : www.hypercell.co.uk
Authors : Pavlina Vardoulaki, Ahmed Shokir, Cosku Çinkiliç, Houzhe Xu
University : Architecture Association Design Research Laboratory (AADRL)
Studio : Theodore Spyropoulos
Assistant advisor : Mustafa El Sayed