Chanel Dehond, Synth-Rock
The Art of Invention
“Invention is both an art and a science and it starts with an appreciation for technology, a keen sense for business opportunities, and above all a deep understanding of human need. It also requires a childlike curiosity, a sense of wonder, and the optimism to believe that you can make a difference.”
Bill Burnett, executive director of the Product Design Program and consulting assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University
"The best inventors have to step outside of reality. It is not until they are far enough out that they can stumble back in."
Chanel Dehond, The Earth is Flat
Chanel Dehond, Mountains into Canyons
In the coming future, the Earth will be made flat – stripped of its undulations – and a single plateau will conquer hierarchy at large.
Power Over Earth
Artificial intelligence thrives is in its inherent artificiality. As mankind accelerates towards a more artificial world, will our natural heritage relinquish us of our power over Earth? There are already few natural elements left on our planet. Edward Burtynsky inspired a curious allegory. Historically, humankind feared nature, today the power has shifted and nature fears us. Will we eventually recollect our connection to nature and fear our creations? Men must look within themselves to understand that our slow downfall is not being brought upon by external entities.
The Purpose of Psychology
“Where we once lived in a symbiotic or harmonious relationship to our natural environment, today we live in a thoroughly built world in which we are rapidly losing the opportunity to gain the deeper self-knowledge that comes from observing the arising and passing away of natural things. Not only were we once part of nature, all the happenings of our inner world were considered “natural.” How can self-knowledge be extracted from the designed environment unless the designers themselves can consciously experience their own inner worlds and use these to promote self-knowledge?
The purpose of psychology is to guide us through human problems and to help us make sense of our lives. Where we once prospered by studying the migration of animals, we now find ourselves struggling to know how we feel about ourselves and others.”
Andrew Levitt. The Inner Studio: A Designer’s Guide to the Resources of the Psyche. (Cambridge, Ont.: Riverside Architectural, 2007), 3.
Architecture concerns itself with the needs of people. Abraham Maslow defines the needs of people through a pyramidal structure (from bottom to top); physiological needs, safety needs, belonging needs, esteem needs and self-actualization needs. Through the understanding of human evolution and the current paradigm shift, I am beginning to grasp the future intent of built form.
My imaginings – embedded within the level of self-actualization – push me towards the idea of a single, morphological typology that will, not only satisfy all of the above needs, but anticipate them. This archetype will metabolize all other building and, like Proteus, have the ability to shape-shift into any form or state of matter.
Over the next 400 years, the Earth will be made flat – stripped of its undulations – and a single plateau will conquer hierarchy at large. Responsive architecture will issue this hyper homogeneous development, which will supply us with our demands but inherently deprive us, humans, of our comprehension of humanity.
A body will walk along the surface of this “Memory Foam” and, in downloading the persons weight, height, intentions and emotional state; it will design a surface that is soft and fluffy, promoting the deep sleep and sweet dreams that the individual needed.
Memory Foam is the future.
The Structures of Stories
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Shimi Cohen, The Innovation of Loneliness
All You Need is Love
When the cavemen roamed the planet, love was a necessity. The man - who had no qualms with slaughtering his pray - would bring home the meat. Whilst the woman, would care for her hubby and children. There was a need to love. Love was not only a means to survival, but a means to procreation.
Today, love is not a need. Love is a want. To some, it is a more passionate want than others. The woman - who has no qualms with purchasing food - can bring home the meat. Whilst the man, can go to the doctor’s when feeling ill. Love is not a means to survival, and no longer a means to procreation (ex. In Vitro Fertilization, surrogacy and adoption).
The need to love has been deflected onto objects. Animism is a love towards objects with a sense of reciprocation. Humans love their electronics more than their own species. Marriage has been made a mockery of, and the heterosexuals blame the gays when Brittany and Kevin Federline are to blame. If we only want human love now, in a decade we may be indifferent.
Are Humans Stupider?
If you were to compare the intelligence quotient of a human today with one of the recent or distant past, the discovery would be that of the present man existing at a significantly more productive and efficient level. The proof is in the pudding – or the allegory below:
A man from the year 1826 – the year before English chemist and apothecary, John Walker, invented friction matches – met up with a man from the year 2013 (Herbert), and were challenged by host, Jeff Probst, to build a fire in a forest. They began the challenge and Herbert – with his lighter and lighter fluid – resulted in combustion first.
This may prove that currently we are intellectually ahead of a previous society. However, if the definition of intelligence is based purely on the human and not his technology, the man from the year 1826 would prove vastly more efficient.
A twist presents itself. Jeff Probst removes all the technology and machinery from the two competitors and they are then asked to build a fire yet again. Herbert, who has always been reliant on his effective lighter, has a disadvantage. He was never a boy scout. Even though the ability for these two men to build fire has invited a commercial break - due to the length of time required - the man from the year 1826 succeeds.
The present human - without the support of his technology - appears more lethargic than the man of the past. His crutch is removed and without this metaphorical “spell check”, he can no longer spell. Thus, in a world where we are accelerating towards higher efficiency (through the use of technology), we are proportionally decreasing our human capabilities. Though, our existing capacity is deceived by our electronics, we have become less efficient in reference to the “human” mind.
On Machines and Humans
"The difference between machines and human beings is that human beings can be reproduced by unskilled labour." - Arthur C. Clarke
The profession of the architect is being redefined within the current paradigm shift. Unlike a shift in science - where one paradigm replaces another - the humanities field faces an evolutionary shift when a new paradigm is presented. As a student of architecture, I have found myself drawn towards the human movement. My ideas discuss a society that is a result of a changing science and the application of new inventions. However, like many architects before, I am not confined to advanced guesses based upon actual experimental projects. I find myself exuberant about the new and revolutionary concepts that have not yet been able to be experimented with, and thus are placed further into the future. In this century (the twenty-first), there is a rapid acceleration of change occurring due to the dynamism of shared information and technologies that were once just mere science fiction. I am interested in studying the impact that these continuous paradigm shifts will have on social organization and humanity, alluding to a completely transformed idea of architecture and the profession.
As the narrator, I stand in the present – the moment where the past and future converge – and because I am mortal and cannot dislocate myself in time, I only have access to the past to critique the present, in order to foretell the future. In my analysis, an architect is currently defined as an optimistic idealist in the way that they; critique the present, uncover the issues, imagine a semi-biased, utopic future, and further design buildings as catalysts to redirect the present into that future. I will be stepping back from this process, and, instead of designing my ideal future, I will foretell the realist’s version. The bible will be my historical muse, as the stories - though likely embellished due to the respect of oral transmittance – place me in a past where at once; humans were a single culture with a single language, food fell from the heavens to satisfy hunger and the impossible – a word disproven by quantum physicists - was possible.
In an article for the Radio Times in 1973, science historian, James Burke predicted the widespread use of computers for business decisions, the creation of metadata banks of personal information, and changes in human behaviour, such as the greater willingness to reveal personal information to strangers. Presently, he was asked to foretell the future 80 to 100 years from now and expressed a world in which the proliferation of 3D nanofabricators meant poverty and scarcity would become things of the past. I agree. As technological advances occur exponentially, the efficiency of society will increase proportionally. This will commence with our physiological needs: air, shelter, water, food, sleep, sex and excrement. Humanity will propel upwards through Maslow’s Hierarchy and progress to a society approaching the immortal. I will be evaluating how this will manifest itself physically and thus, architecturally, in order to prepare my successors with a grand site analysis.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Babel Fish
Tower of Babel
In the Book of Genesis, there is the telling of a united humanity of the generations that spoke a single language and came to the land of Shinar, where they resolved to build a city with a tower. God came down to look at the city and tower, and remarked that as one people with one language, nothing that they sought would be out of their reach. Thus, in maintaining their mortality, God confounded their speech, so that they could not understand each other, and scattered them over the face of the earth.
The result of this biblical event assumes language as fundamental to society. When attempting to eliminate a culture the first thing that must be stripped is their native language. Without a demographic’s first language, their identity is assimilated and with this extinction, a collective memory is lost.
Recently, I participated in an experiment whereby in wearing an Emotiv Lifescience Headset my brainwaves were read, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts and concentration. If this technology has the ability to institutionalize telepathy then the multiplicity of languages created through the Tower of Babel will vanish. Every human, and possibly every species with a brain, could communicate as one people with one language. Squirrel!