Human Systems of a Structure

An environment that is not found, but designed, is distinct by being a product of humans; therefore it is equally as subject to natural, physical occurrences as humanity is itself.

What intrinsic human phenomena can be observed by designing a hypothetical, material space, isolated from external variables? What distinguishes the way human beings interact with, and unmistakably impact a space that is not discovered, but conceived?

‘Human Systems of a Structure’ is an ongoing body of research which studies the physical interface between the material composition of a designed environment or ‘structure’, and the human interaction that facilitates the functionality of that structure. The work demonstrates how somatic movement instigates reactive material displacement of an architectural form; in turn, causing reactive behavior within the body. This recursive process results in exponential progression of both effort in physicality, and structural deterioration.

The degree of transformation that shapes this process is determined by the level of permanence or impermanence of the composed material. A mixture of fine aggregate stabilized with an added binder, becomes unique in its ability to be compacted into the form of a structural design, while also being susceptible to collapse under weight. This material has the ability to capture the evidence of events; showing in detail, traces of human interaction left behind.