|Title||Doctor Watson Architects: AIR Grid Transnational|
At a place called Saint Paul-lez-Durance in Southern France there is an enormous construction site where scientists and engineers are building a Tokamak (The word is an abbreviation for toroidal chamber with magnetic coils, it is a device that uses a powerful magnetic field to confine plasma in the shape of a torus. Tokamaks were invented in the 1950s by soviet physicists Igor Tamm and Andrei Sakharov). The project at Saint Paul-lez-Durance (otherwise known as ITER) is an International adventure tracing its roots back to the 1985 Superpower Summit held in Geneva, where the American President Ronald Regan agreed to the Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachov’s suggestion of working collectively towards the development of fusion energy for peaceful purposes. Once the ITER Tokamak is assembled it will be used to progress the scientific research, necessary if the idea of fusion energy is ever to become a reality.
Doctor Watson Architects take the circumstances of ITER as an opportunity for conducting an architectural thought experiment. We propose an additional programmatic element be added to the ITER research activities that will out last its current, strictly scientific role. To this end we propose the idea of an enduring and evolving Museum of the Radiant Future (MORF), whose major function is the redirection of attitudes away from the widespread incomprehension of science, technology and art towards understanding as a source of optimism for a heterogenous human and non-human world, rich in possibilities and active knowledge. To this end we are currently devising and constructing a psychophysical model of the ITER complex that aims to communicate its revised mode of functioning.
|Keywords||Transnational, Tokamak, Superpower, Building, Energy, Sun|
|Place of publication||Vimeo|
|Web address (URL)||https://vimeo.com/channels/1357808|