Cathy Truong

In a society under total automation and abolished capitalism, we do not need to work. When our fundamental physiological needs (food, water, and shelter) are fulfilled, what do we do with ourselves? Without work driving our esteem needs, what will motivate us? What do we want in order to satisfy our need to feel self-fulfilled? How do we get it and how will this influence our relationships and environments? Our primary priorities now become self-indulgence and self-actualization. We turn to creativity to invent, design, build, and compose not only to grow internally, but also to express externally to society that we are relevant. We exploit ourselves to push to our full creative potential. We become paranoid to those who want to take our ideas so we lead complicated companies and relationships full of abuse, mis-trust, and manipulation to keep our secrets safe.

In a rentist future of hierarchy and abundance, the elite own patented technologies and sell products targeting people’s desires to become more productive and efficient without acquiring more. Unknowingly, these devices easily sacrifice privacy rights to these companies for surveillance and data-mining. As technology advances, how will these issues affect the built world? The transparent and inflatable Work-Live Pod offers an accepted form of living that fits within the Creativity Kit. Devoid of traditional furniture, the pods are lined with a material that moulds under the the pressure of water, allowing flexibility for, work, eat, and sleep. Drawing upon the efficient system of cell multiplication, the individual pod units can come together, with its displaced volumes creating larger collaborative spaces. The Pod Vessel is a functional structure that provides the crucial resource and infrastructure for pod-inflation while monitoring the work that is produced.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.