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    This campaign is raising funds on behalf of Organic Health Response Incorporated Usa, a verified nonprofit. The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can't be specified for any particular purpose.

    We are a team of four students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. This summer, we will be building Africa's first hybrid wind & solar-powered radio station. We are spearheading a project aimed to empower the residents of Mfangano Island by applying a 600-year old building technique to a modern problem.

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    Jonathan Dessi-Olive
    M.Arch Candidate (2014)
    University of Pennsylvania

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    M.Arch Candidate (2014)
    University of Pennsylvania

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    University of Pennsylvania

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    M.Arch Candidate (2015)
    University of Pennsylvania

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  5. Emergent Intelligence and Robotic Ecologies By Mo Zheng And Eric Craig

    This research studio took as it’s premise the notion that the complexity of the problems faced by modern design require that architects engage new discourse focused on systems-based research, where the system’s behaviors and strict parameters will ultimately result in emerging patterns and states. Small, simple patterns repeated by numerous elements on the scale of hundreds and thousands can encourage the creation of new spontaneous global behaviors emerging out of these simple interactions of a population; behaviors which are more complex than the simple pattern of an individual element.

    In addition to the emergent properties a global system made out of numerous, simple elements like this becomes infinitely more robust and less resource intensive so there are already some immediate potential benefits to architecture that one could take away from this discourse. The question remains though: how does this truly change the nature of design? To help answer that question we broke this project into three parts:

    Phase 1: Develop a series of robotic drones that would be tasked with cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This exercise would serve as a test case for our theories on emergence.

    Phase 2: Building on what was learned from the drones, develop a panelling system that was both spatial and preformative. This exercise would serve as a test case for how our theories preform at the scale of a body.

    Phase 3: Take that panelling system and deploy it inside an urban center and give the building a program. This exercise would serve as a test case for how our theories preform at the scale of a city.

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