CRYSTALPUNK WORKSHOP FOR SOFT ARCHITECTURE
WHAT THE ELEPHANT MAN IS TO THE ATHLETIC BODY, THE CRYSTALPUNK ROOM WILL BE TO THE SMART HOUSE.
Buildings learn, rooms have memories, design does not need its designers. A room, by implication, refuses to be belittled into the function of a radio, it wants to be a broadcaster too. Hidden in the former computer room of a vacant 13 floor office in Utrecht, the Crystalpunk Workshop for Soft Architecture evolved from September onwards an empty room from nothingness into unknown states of technological enhancement. The workshop is located in a room which is also its subject. Stitching together ideas about self-education and self-organisation this workshop brought people together and sought to merge talents and vision in an insane attempt to elastify the frontier which is opened with the current emergence of new interfaces between spaces and people. Unlike the alphabet that always knows where it is going, this workshop did not, as this final showdown will tell.