Jindřich Ráftl│re:location

How should a structure that could become the base for a space elevator look? A building connecting the heavens and earth? We have before us not only an entirely new concept of construction, but also its expression and construction. Above all, there is an new form of transport which requires completely different functions in construction then has ever been implemented. If we attempt to design a building in the water, we have a task with scale and limits based only in available technologies and economic design, not in established practices of building in well known or protected lands. These limits do not exist in this environment.

So we have an environment where there are no limits. We know that in the future there will be no problems with sprawl, so the conceived city must be able to freely develop with regard only for its own sustainability and not the area affected by the development. I searched nature for inspiration on such structures and found it with some mushrooms and Mycetozoa.

I procured three Petri dishes at the microbiological institute, where I simulated 3 different environments with cultures of dry rot. The first was clear, filled only with agar (nutritional solution of minerals and water). The second contained a few stones constructed into a small maze, and the third was filter paper, with which I attempted to simulate mountains and examined how the fungus grows over ridges and valleys. After this experiment I decided to simulate the entire process on a computer. After creating the base points of the colony, I used a cellular automaton. To simulate the rhizoid roots L-systems and for affecting the frame environment, a physical simulation program