Responding in part to recent debates on how big data will affect our built environments, Synthesis Design + Architecture have teamed up with IBM Watson Analytics to design an interior feature wall for the Watson Experience Center in San Francisco. The project, named Data Moiré after the dizzying patterns created by overlapping sets of lines, uses data from the influence of mobile phones on monthly consumer spending to create a precise screen material that defines the wall. The data-driven patterns on the surface of the wall are a result of parametric modeling based on Watson's own data analysis, thus not only forming a part of the showroom but actively showing off the capabilities of the system itself. The generative design was CNC milled onto two sheets of aluminum, which together create an intricate screen of information that is lit from between the two layers.
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