OUR MISSION >> Two of the greatest pressures on society today include humanity’s manipulation of the environment and the advancements in bioengineering of the human body. The first is changing the makeup of the physical spaces we occupy and the second, the very body that perceives that space. At this intersection are the physical boundaries that define architectural space. The focus of Weathers is to integrate these two quickly advancing industries as the epicenter of architecture’s spatial, social, environmental, and ethical discourse.
Weathers uses the design of space as a method for testing future trends, opportunities and shortcomings that can often take decades to emerge within the open market. Weathers integrates emerging technologies (from energy & bioengineering) bringing them together to create and test space. These spaces are used to determine latent potentials and trends that inform environmental, social and industry markets.
By identifying the shapes, aesthetics, and organizational implications of this ongoing trajectory, the work stimulates discussions within the general public to expand, inspire and spark the imagination while simultaneously advancing the political and environmental significance of energy and bioengineering today.
OUR APPROACH >> The research of Weathers follows a five point development approach...
OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD >> This current ‘swerve’ in architecture will redefine some of the most basic and assumed underpinning of architecture: This includes.....
Malleable & Tunable Space - Much like street lighting or other outdoor micro-climates, these forms of energy can be quickly manipulated to be turned on/off or made stronger/weaker. Flexibility for creatingand removing material presence is a unique quality to this future architecture.
Updatable Materials - When such a large percentage of the architecture’s shape comes from the energy released, it is the small technological devices (light bulb) in the architectural system that can be easily updated as technological advancements to energy’s manipulation and efficiencies increase.
Evolving Social Experience - Much like two individuals might today have different access to internet reception based separate cellular providers and equipment, individual access and ability to perceive sensory information will vary along socio-economic status, technological demographicsand health, making the same public space unique among multiple user groups.
Ethical / Moral Dilemmas - Ethical and moral issues inevitably arise when willful manipulation of a global climate and human physiology is certain; it is through these first spatial scenarios that potential out comes can most completely be explored.
New Conversations about Environmental Change - This work seeks to give energy a public face that excites and inspires a progressive discussion about our inevitably changing environments and the role architecture can play.