Huiqin Zhou (She/Her)
This project originated from my interest in the phenomenon of whale falls. A whale fall refers to the process where, after a whale’s death, its carcass sinks, attracting fish for feeding, followed by decomposition that draws scavengers and gradually takes the carcass deeper due to water pressure. Marine decomposers then clean the remains. Over time, the carcass breaks apart, involving drifting organisms in the cycle. Eventually, the carcass becomes a skeleton on the ocean floor, marking the end of life and the beginning of a new cycle. Through research, I discovered that whale falls are a part of the biogeochemical cycles within natural ecosystems.
In this chapter, we have determined the site for the project and leveraged prior research along with the benefits of the chosen location. A concentrated investigation into the art of weaving willow has been undertaken, encompassing its growth, trimming, and eventual weaving techniques. This comprehensive exploration has culminated in the identification of the core material for our endeavor.
Furthermore, the inception of the Material Intelligence Experience Center concept has been unveiled. This establishment aims to synergize the insights of material intelligence and offer an immersive encounter for visitors.
In this chapter, I have developed a screen that is intricately designed to align with the unique attributes of glass structures. This innovation is geared towards enhancing the working conditions within the confines of the greenhouse. The primary objective of this screen is to effectively mitigate excessive temperatures and minimize the intrusion of direct sunlight that might cause discomfort to individuals working inside.
Moreover, my creative endeavors have extended to the conception of an interactive recycling installation. Within this setup, participants are provided with the opportunity to not only fashion their own handmade creations during studio sessions but also to make a choice between retaining these items or placing them within the confines of the “Memory Cage.” This dual-purpose installation seeks to seamlessly blend artistic expression with sustainable practices.
Lastly, a pivotal aspect of this chapter encompasses the development of functional intent diagrams for the Material Intelligence Experience Center. These diagrams serve as a comprehensive guide, illustrating the overarching purposes and functionalities of the center. Through these efforts, I aim to successfully integrate design, material intelligence, and sustainability into a cohesive and purposeful environment.
In the final chapter, I present the culmination of my designs, aiming to effectively communicate the core principles: sustainable development, conveying the essence of material intelligence, and highlighting the significance of environmental considerations. My ultimate achievement is to underscore the interconnectedness between human progress and the environment.
I envision a future where our well-intentioned efforts pave the way for a harmonious relationship between humanity and nature. Despite the challenges faced during this journey, I remain hopeful that the scars left behind will serve as a reminder of our responsibility towards the natural world. I believe that through our collective endeavors, we can aspire to witness the rejuvenation of the environment, ultimately leading to a renewed vitality.
Theorical research & Case study
In this chapter, I have compiled insights garnered from theoretical research encompassing localized design and material intelligence. Expanding upon these foundational principles, I have pinpointed a range of examples that effectively demonstrate the latent capabilities of natural, recyclable materials. Through this thorough exploration, a profound comprehension of the potentials inherent within these materials has been achieved. Moreover, I have extracted invaluable guidance for judiciously selecting suitable project locations and materials.