Data Mine

Project

The proposal is a poetic response towards the ‘internet culture’ of the 21st century. Corporations such as google hold a limitless power overtheir users from hiring employees on social media who have an established credibility’s within different industries. A social media influencer has access to a large audience and can persuade others by self-virtue. Majority of social media users do not realise that the social platforms are not just friendly ‘platforms’ for ‘social interaction’ however an invasion of privacy to lure and capture personal data.

The project celebrates social media becoming a catalyst for the 21st century creating a Google Data Mine abroad on the Moon. The portable data mine’s purposes are to collect data from the Moons landscape and to influence earth viewers the diverse quality of life on the moon. Data will assist the development of a virtual world on the moon. YouTube influences will be aboard the data pods, promoting Googles new and advanced virtual world ‘Google  Data Mine’ is a family of portable pods which transport around the moon in the sense of a vehicle, allowing the forms to collect and virtually duplicate the moons iconic landscape.

The proposal was heavily influenced by the unbuilt precedent the “walking City – by Archigram” from allowing the forms to roam free however the need for collaboration. The portable pods have different functions allowing the Data Mine users to live in satisfaction. The proposed forms have extendible arms to interchange the users to different functions such as the ‘YouTube pod’ and the ‘Sleeping Pod’, creating spaces of curiosity and physical social interaction.

Interview

What prompted the project?

The project was a poetic response towards the ‘Internet Culture’ of the 21st century. Corporations such as google hold a limitless power over their users from hiring employees on social media who have an established credibility’s within different industries. A social media influencer has access to a large audience and can persuade others by self-virtue. Majority of social media users do not realise that the social platforms are not just friendly ‘platforms’ for ‘social interaction’ however an invasion of privacy to lure and capture personal data.

What questions does the project raise and which does it answer?

Is the progression of the internet world a sustainable platform or is the internet using data collection to influence our society negatively?
The proposal asks the question of where is the ‘Internet Culture’ taking us in the near future. The Design celebrates social media becoming a catalyst for the 21st century in a dystopian outlook, creating a portable Google Data Mine abroad on the Moon. The portable data mine’s purposes are to collect data from the Moons landscape and to influence earth viewers the diverse quality of life on the moon, Data will assist the development of a virtual world on the moon. YouTube influences will be aboard the data pods, promoting Googles new and advanced virtual world.

What do you mean by social media as a catalyst for the 21st century?

The 21st century is promoting technology and new forms of engagement and social interactions. The project celebrates that by designing architecture that symbolises a inhabitable walking camera, used as a marketing tool to promote a lunar virtual reality.

What are the advantages brought to the users who is able to virtually experience life on the moon?

The response was quite bold, asking questions to the general public of why abandon our Earth in times of environmental uncertainty if we cannot yet sustain our home land. However we have technology to allow us to have the privilege to explore the context of the moon – why not use it.

To what extent and how do you perceive the mediation of the moon from its discovery to nowadays with projects as those of Elon musk and so forth?

I believe the moon is still a world of unknown to the general public in which the CO funder and CEO of Telsa Elon Musk relates to the public by creating a spark of curiosity, by opening up the thought of a new world.

Do you see the possibility of future settlements on this remote surface?

I see the possibility of small settlements which are research based to better enhance our knowledge. However in my opinion we still need to better figure out our own planet before inhabiting another.

What would you see as the greatest challenge of inhabiting such an environment?

Creating a new eco-system and Sustainable living.

How and to what extent did the work of Archigram influence the project?

The proposal was heavily influenced by the unbuilt precedent the “walking City – by Archigram” from allowing the forms to roam free however the need for collaboration. The portable pods have different functions allowing the Data Mine users to live in satisfaction. The proposed forms have extendible arms to interchange the users to different functions such as the ‘YouTube pod’ and the ‘Sleeping Pod’. Creating unknown spaces of curiosity, however the need for social interaction.

What role should we as architects play in the research and development of structures in environments as these?

I believe it is vital that we understand the social, environmental and political challenges before any development, to ensure a safe, sustainable and successful outcome.

What is for you the architects most important tool?

The value of the people and the environment.

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