The concept of a future sustainable city is developed for a society that is currently not responding effectively to environmental dangers. "Transcendence" in this case referring to a point in time between our modern earth and the ultimate earth when artificial intelligence has reached or surpassed that of the human. The Transcendent city explores the concept of a technological singularity, where humans may have evolved to transcend our carbon based bodies forming a hybrid system with the artificial machine and in turn overcoming our biologically determined limitations.

The Transcendent City is an autonomous artificial machine that extends across the earth adapting to the natural eco-systems it encounters while deriving its energy from the renewable resources available at each particular site. The systems desire is to maintain homeostasis within itself whilst maintaining homeostasis within the greater system, Gaia. Its processes are engineered on the molecular scale by nano technologies controlled by molecular computers that monitor and analyse the environment.

The film produced for my final year Masters in Architecture questions whether the conception of artificial intelligence has been a necessity in human evolution and if we therefore should embrace emergent technologies to engage with problems of sustainability and the city.

Images: flickr.com/photos/52196289@N07/

Music by Sonically Yours

Selected by onedotzero_adventures in motion 2010 programme Citystates 10

richardhardy@weareom.com

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