“Architecture of the future will not be about the shape, but about the intelligence of the system. The intelligence of the smallest unit results in the intelligence of the overall organism.”
– Chris Bosse
Chris Bosse envisions a future world where buildings are intelligent and responsive to external influences like air pressure, temperature, humidity, air pollution and solar radiation. Here, buildings are not singular structural entities (designed, serviced and accessed as isolated units), but rather, they are part of large networked systems, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
As co-founder of the architectural firm, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA), Bosse explores new frontiers for architecture by combining future technologies with the principles behind naturally occurring systems. Like 20th century icons Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto before him, Bosse studies the underlying design principles found in nature – soap bubbles, snowflakes and spider webs – to inspire new possible structures. When merged with 21st century building technologies, the products of these creative investigations are new architectural forms that are adaptable and socially and environmentally responsible.
One of the most prominent examples of this approach is The Watercube, the aquatic centre designed for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, of which Bosse was a key part of the design team. His design philosophy also saw LAVA win the international competition to design the city centre of Masdar, the world’s first eco city located in the United Arab Emirates.
For CUSP, Bosse presents Cloud City: An urban ecosystem, a sculptural rendition of a future city. His vision is a networked city – a connected, inter-dependent organism where transport, housing and urban infrastructure have the ability to communicate with each other and adapt in response. Bosse’s sculpture takes the form of a soaring stretched membrane-cloud anchored to the ‘city’ on the gallery floor by high-rise towers that have been re-skinned and revitalised. Audiences are invited to address their own relationship to the natural and material world whilst wandering through this radical and constructive re-visioning of the urban environment.