Field 2: The Collaborative Effect.

Working together with the Field group has been a pleasure. right from the beginning we all had likened minds and similar visions of how Power and Technology could be portrayed as a theme for the city project.

At the beginning we agreed to create a dystopian world in which we all live in eco friendly homes. We looked at how sustainable living could be encouraged in urbanized areas, primarily focusing on how some people, although living in a city with thousands of others, might find themselves to be abit lonely and even unhappy.

We then moved to look at how communal living and green spaces may help to improve quality of life within a city, but after consulting with our lecturers, we found that what we wanted to do was too tame, it wasn’t exactly a new radical idea.

We then decided to take our proposal into the realms of fantasy. Hundreds of years in the future on an abandoned Earth, through means of bio-engineering technology and an adept knowledge of flora and fauna of the future, humanity is able to grow their own homes out of living plant material, and grow them to perform certain tasks and duties, all the while the plant is completely self-sufficient.

Through Regular meetings and group discussions, including giving feedback and constructive criticism to eachother, we were able to put together a slight glimpse of what this imagined future might look like. We all worked on different parts of the concept.

(mine for example, was to work on the overall appearance of the building and how it might power itself.For this I looked at how plant life takes in energy from the sun to grow, re-grow, and reproduce.)

A brilliant engineer, Leonardo da Vinci's work on flying machines gave me the idea of using a similar design on the solar panel array/windmill sail.
A brilliant engineer, Leonardo da Vinci’s work on flying machines gave me the idea of using a similar design on the solar panel array/windmill sail.
A rough concept as to what a large Plant-house might look like. A very tall structure, able to accommodate many people inside.
A rough concept as to what a large Plant-house might look like. A very tall structure, able to accommodate many people inside.
different variations of plant-houses, each designed with a different purpose in mind.
different variations of plant-houses, each designed with a different purpose in mind.
A first concept for what a colony's energy source could be. A large windmill, with solar panels on each on the sails, generating electricity to be used in the smaller habitation blocks below.
A first concept for what a colony’s energy source could be. A large windmill, with solar panels on each on the sails, generating electricity to be used in the smaller habitation blocks below.
Rough concept of a multi-purpose house, with different pods and leaves to perform certain jobs. Large pods to conserve energy and store it in, carnivorous stems to fuel the plant house with the insect life around, and large openly-shaped leaves to catch more sunlight and power the plant.
Rough concept of a multi-purpose house, with different pods and leaves to perform certain jobs. Large pods to conserve energy and store it in, carnivorous stems to fuel the plant house with the insect life around, and large openly-shaped leaves to catch more sunlight and power the plant.
Here I looked into alternatives to gathering energy. Instead of solar energy, I looked at windpower, and adapted a stem of the plant-house to catch the wind in sail-like leaves, the vibrations of the wind hitting the leaves would then generate electricity to be distributed throughout the plant.
Here I looked into alternatives to gathering energy. Instead of solar energy, I looked at windpower, and adapted a stem of the plant-house to catch the wind in sail-like leaves, the vibrations of the wind hitting the leaves would then generate electricity to be distributed throughout the plant.
A topside and bottom view of what one of the Leaves would look like. A huge Solar array, able to pick up the sun's rays and store them. After enough energy has been stored, it can then be used throughout the structure to power the house.
A topside and bottom view of what one of the Leaves would look like. A huge Solar array, able to pick up the sun’s rays and store them. After enough energy has been stored, it can then be used throughout the structure to power the house.

Our work was done in our own individual fields, but collaboration was still achieved as we each had a say in what we think the other should be doing/could have done better/ have done well.

Very few problems were encountered and we all managed to work very well together.

 

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