Cloud City: An urban ecosystem

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade Sydney / Australia / 2013

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Cloud City: An urban ecosystem is a sculptural rendition of Bosse’s vision of a future city ‐ a soaring, stretched membrane‐cloud anchored to the ‘city’ on the gallery floor by highrise towers that have been re‐skinned and revitalised. ‘The future is not about what buildings look like, but how they perform, interact and how they connect with each other. Think of a coral reef, where thousands of species thrive in coexistence of each other and the elements, air, water and sun. The reef is like the city of the future.’ ‘Our installation asks: can 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. A 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 Bosse replaces outdated passive building facades of the skyscraper with highperformance smart translucent cocoons that create their own microclimate, generate energy, collect rainwater and improve the distribution of natural daylight. By reskinning these inefficient buildings the past is transformed into ‘super‐abled’ buildings.
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    Cloud City: An urban ecosystem is a sculptural rendition of Bosse’s vision of a future city ‐ a soaring, stretched membrane‐cloud anchored to the ‘city’ on the gallery floor by highrise towers that have been re‐skinned and revitalised. ‘The future is not about what buildings look like, but how they perform, interact and how they connect with each other. Think of a coral reef, where thousands of species thrive in coexistence of each other and the elements, air, water and sun. The reef is like...

    Project details
    • Year 2013
    • Work finished in 2013
    • Client Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Exhibition Design / Exhibitions /Installations
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