Hortum Machina, B – Speculative urban cyber-gardener

Created by Danilo Sampaio and William Victor Camilleri at the The Interactive Architecture Lab at UCL/London, Hortum Machina, B is a half garden half machine, cybernetic lifeform that explores new modes of bio-cooperative interaction between people and nature, within the built environment.

The machine/sculpture is developed around the idea of "electro-physiological sensing" where the state of individual plants collectively and democratically controls decision-making of the orientation of the structure and its mobility. In the near future scenario of driverless cars, autonomous flying vehicles, and other similar intelligent robotics co-habiting our built environment, the lab imagines Hortum Machina B as a speculative urban cyber-gardener.

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