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Robert Stuart-Smith Studio
Assistant: Tyson Hosmer

Preety Anand (Germany)
Grace Chung (Australia)
Letian Li (China)
Ecehan Esra Top (Turkey)


Hypercells is a chemical machine; a cybernetic ecology capable of regulating the micro and macro environment by chemically led communication between parts. It is based on separately fabricated multiple component systems, with each component having different lifecycles leading to premature systemic failures in the case of one component failing. The project utilises the physarum polycephalum (slime mould) to process information and self-regulate, relying on intercellular chemical signaling, within an architectural context. The proposed chemical machine is capable of sensing environmental conditions by chemically led communication between components and is capable of self-regulation these environmental conditions. For demonstrating the mode of operation, the chemical machine is situated on the extreme, yet generative environment of Mars. In this context, the chemical machine fulfils a technological need for offering a non-human centric mode of inhabitation, which is given by mode of operation. The function of the chemical machine is not only that of generic architecture, but also a life support for both humans and biology it harbours and also is an active contributor to the greater Mars environment. The technicalities of this thesis have been developed by inter- scientific collaboration with computer scientists, material scientists and chemical engineers.