- Design Team: Soomeen Hahm, Yumi Lee, JaeHeon Jung
- Co Project Leader: Hanjun Kim, Hanjun Kim
- Local Construction Team: Marie-Eve Brais, Justine Valois, Marion Sellier, François Leblanc
- Student Collaborators: SNU Evolving Landscape Lab, SCI-Arc B.Arch, Jiin Jeong, YooMin Jeong, Christine Lee, Jeong-Hwan Lee, Sejun Oh, ZaiXian Piao, Gi-Hwan Yook
- City: Grand-Métis
- Country: Canada
Text description provided by the architects. Augmented Grounds is a winning competition entry of the International Garden Festival 2020. A landscape design installation, the design is inspired by traditional Métis sash and the proposal uniquely combines technologies in its making process which were highly evaluated by the competition juries.
The project utilized Augmented Reality and cloud-based digital twin communication platforms in order to realize the construction during the pandemic. The project celebrates the fast and intuitive communication between designer and maker, utilizing the digitally augmented human labours crafting the delicate material on-site by wearing AR Lenses. At the same time, a globally assembled team of designers were able to review the construction process through a cloud-based digital twin of the construction site, being able to intuitively supervise the construction process from a far distance and pass on knowledge and guidance to local crews efficiently. This enabled the global team of designers and makers to be able to work together simultaneously in distance during the design and construction process.
The installation also celebrates human craftsmanship. We chose to use colourful rope inspired by the colours and history of the traditional Métis sash, the Augmented Grounds garden takes visitors through a playful and colourful rope display of topography that reflects the pride of Métis culture and identity. In the garden, visitors can walk along the colourful contours of ropes, sit and lie down on the coiled seating, or run up and down on the mounds and the pools.
This garden is the Métissage of cultural pride and innovation. The Métis sash is traditionally made with the art of finger weaving, and draped across one’s shoulder or tied around the waist. The Augmented Grounds garden represents the Sash through colourful ropes made of twisted fibres that are tightly laid on top of the terrain to create a landscape of contours that reflects the different depths of Métis history represented on the sash. While the experience of the installation being highly analogue, the construction process of this topographic terrain contributes to a new innovative practice of garden design by introducing smart construction technology using augmented reality. As the geometry is generated based on a mathematical algorithm, the combination of traditional materiality and mathematical form surrounded by the beautiful forest of Reford Garden provides a unique experience for visitors to truly experience the product of collaboration between humans, computers & nature.
About the team. The team consists of architects and landscape architects, experts in design research and practice, interested in exploring the harmonious ecology of humans, computer,s, and machines. Currently focusing on ways of constructing computationally generated complex forms by augmented human builders – augmented by AR devices or wearables, etc. – to develop unique construction processes that cannot be done by pure automation nor by pure human labour. During pursuing various expertise in their field individually in both academia and practice, the team collaborates for various projects such as design workshops, research papers, and competitions to pursue their research agenda.
Post Pandemic. The hit of pandemic alarmed humanity to re-think the modes of working and communication which will inevitably facilitate the change in the way we shape our physical spaces in the near future. Our future office may just be wherever we have an internet connection. Many thinkers are already seeing the impact of this, some think it might mean the end of office space, working from anywhere and everywhere will be predominantly the modes of future work. This also challenges the architecture discipline and construction industry, urging us to propose new modes of production that can immediately adapt to ever-changing society and industry. Architects are facing challenges on the way to adapt Intuitive communication methods and technologies into the design and making process.
To challenge this idea, Augmented Grounds frontiered in this experimentation. The installation was built through a manual crafting process by augmented human builders who were wearing Augmented Reality devices. The data projected in the AR device was provided by the remote design team who have been constantly reviewing the construction site remotely online through a cloud-based digital twin of the construction site. This exemplifies the future way of working and collaborating from distance, provides a good use case of the existing technologies, and at the same time pushes and challenges the technologies in this industry.