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CyberBio Architecture

Part 2 Project 2021
Ziyi Zheng
University of Auckland Auckland | New Zealand
CyberBio is a thesis project that explores the design of interaction between human and biomaterial. Underpinning are the research areas of Extended Realities, Hybrid Systems and Digital Materials. The research methodology is based on a practice-based design investigation. As part of the research investigation, a pop-up laboratory was constructed consisting of both the bio-physical structures and the digital spatial overlay viewed through HoloLens 2. The installation serves as a large spatial computer to allow hybrid interactions between users and biomaterials. The biomaterials created in this project are embedded in the living material life cycle of growth and decay - in this instance algae. It requires the user to look after and care for it over time. The prototypical installation was used to test a variety of user material interaction, including moisturising, feeding, touching and talking to the living-material. The interaction between human and living material demonstrates new forms of interaction and restores a sense of human connectivity.
Ziyi Zheng


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