Friday, April 9, 2010

Architect as biologist?

Studies in appropriating nanotechnology for spatial production has led to the inevitable observation of actual bacterial growth. Man manipulated bacterial propulsion drives sturdy carbon nano tubes to develop a range of opacities and stiffnesses. Watching the pre-magnetically manipulated states of bacteria does a few things for me:

. a catalog of 'natural' states of bacterial assembly logic, which establishes ideal scenarios for limiting the amount of manipulation required
. a sample of potential bacterial propulsion devices found on site
. a visual cue which assumes the semi-living material base will be the norm. (simple organisms provide us with built in swarm logic we can tune to various situations rather than recreating that 'smartness' in autonomous robotic machines - why bother?)

The container furthers the social distaste for bacteria's connotations by displaying the sample as sealed from the outside, while staying fully visible. Imagine the social implications of proposing a bacteria house, let alone something far more polemic: a Bacteria Hospital. With benefits including free transport and fully customizable spatial arrangements, man should learn to welcome the idea of occupying clouds of harmless spatial spores.

Testing lighting and image quality

Adding the on site culture to the agar gel, where it should thrive within 48 hours.

Nice lighting

The architecture of the acrylic box: it contains its own light source, the bacterial sample, a zone for the cooling device to slow growth during display, and removable access lid which is fully sealed via silicone gasket to ensure no contamination of the sample. All hardware is, of course, medical grade stainless steel.

The monitoring set up

Sample image from the constant monitor: an image is taken every hour, 24 hours a day