Carnegie Mellon Saggio Studio IV "Liquid Strips"

Anthony G Wee <agw@andrew.cmu.edu>, Andy Mei <amei@andrew.cmu.edu>
Synthetic Life, Pittsburgh December 2001
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Title: Synthetic Life
Authors: Anthony G Wee, Andy Mei

We live in an Information Age. The onset of technology has opened up avenues to experience other places without physically being present. The new conception of space is the information that we gather, interact, and exchange. Using information as a navigator, public space, work and commercial activity allows us to experience and discover how information is the environment.

Program
 Sections of the site have been commissioned for conventional buildings by developers. Those buildings are positioned on the edges of the site, reflecting the local vernacular of the

Strip District.
 -Flexible studio space and workspace
 -Offices for maintenance and administration
 -Retail shops
 -Interactive Nodes
 -Parking garage
 -Park space

Implementation
Organization the entire scheme is set up on a layering of different applications:
1) the surrounding Strip District, 2) grided nodes, 3) building shells, 4) transportation,
and 5) terrain.

 The metaphor begins with the ideal of "rebuilding nature." The amorphic building design integrates with a new conception of terrain. Not only do they act as buildings, but they also define the park terrain along with its integration with vehicular traffic. The building shells house the different technologies that are developed such as VR and interactive multimedia. These shells provide flexible space for the changing technology.
 In order to experience information as a way-finder, cameras which focus on different parts of the site will be mounted to these nodes as well as video screens to experience that portion of the site. In addition, LCD screens will super-impose live video of the activities within each building on the building surface at specified times of action.