Intermission: The Transcendent City

Home to mechanical flowers, a forest of machinery, and bio-mimicking buildings, Richard Hardy's The Transcendent City was "developed for a society that is currently not responding effectively to environmental dangers."


In this case, "transcendence" refers to a time when artificial intelligence "reaches or surpasses human form." The film, which Hardy made during his final year at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, depicts the following:

an autonomous artificial machine that extends across the earth adapting to the natural eco-systems it encounters while deriving its energy from the renewable resources available at each particular site. The systems desire is to maintain homeostasis within itself whilst maintaining homeostasis within the greater system, Gaia. Its processes are engineered on the molecular scale by nano technologies controlled by molecular computers that monitor and analyse the environment.

You find more such artistry on Hardy's Flickr page.

Via Bldgblog