Emotive City is a framework to explore a mobile and self-organizing model for the contemporary city. Models of the past are limited and should not operate, as blueprints for our urban future, a new generation of design enquiry by necessity must address the challenges of today. The fixed and finite tendencies that once served architecture and urbanism have been rendered obsolete. Today the intersections of information, life, machines and matter display complexities that suggest the possibility of a much deeper synthesis. Within this context, architecture is being forced to radically refactor its response to new social and cultural challenges with an environment of accelerated urbanization. We propose a framework that participates and engages with the information-rich environments that are shaping our lives through a model of living that we call an adaptive ecology.
The project explores a model that enables everyday emotive interactions of the public and the social scenarios with in the city to influence the organization of how a city is structured. It proposes a scenario that asks what if our living environments were durational, mobile and energy producing could we conceive of a model of city organization that is not tied to infrastructural super positioning but would be governed locally through neighborhood relations. What if our everyday local interactions and behaviors were allowed to construct communities and social fabric as living environments that would operate through a collective intelligence that is local and relational? The model proposed is an alternative experiment to planning that acknowledges the limited capacity of systems that segregate architecture, infrastructure and urbanism to address issues of latency and the unknown. This limitation is most understood in moments of rapid growth or cities that are shrinking and has serious consequences to the communities that are caught in this transformation. A mobile built environment may be a manner in which we can reconsider our contexts through models of ecologies that can respond through its ability to evolve. As a response to Nesta’s Future of Machines theme we felt that our living environments by necessity should be part of the conversation as we actively move towards an understanding of the human machine ecologies that are forming around us.