Factory Futures, (Architecture Without Humans), a studio of AA Visiting School at Ivrea, directed by Tommaso Franzolini, Maria S. Giudici, Pierre Cutellic, Edmondo Occhipinti and Fabrizio Ballabio “explores Data Centres as the new factories of today’s computational economy.”
Its online tumblr documents these “forms of cohabitation between man and machines and their predecessor throughout the Twentieth Century“. The following videos and graphics are the materials supposedly collected for the studio.
Olivetti ELEA 9003 – 1968
Map of all Google data center as of 2012
Google patent diagrams for a floating data centers
Google patent diagrams for data center cooling system
Google patent diagrams for modular data center
Other patent diagrams
The original Google Storage 1995
Facebook Data Center – Sweden
Apple iCloud data center
Previously, another studio at Mendrisio School of Architecture, entitled “Architecture Without Contents” and directed by Office Kersten Geers David van Severen with Carola Daldoss and Andrea Zanderigo, explored the subject of “banal” buildings (“machines basically- like storages, data centers, factories, recyling plants, car parks, malls”, (…) “a series of investigations on architectural strategies for banal buildings of a significant scale.”
“Today, a great number of buildings do not require an intricate development of the plan in order to be either socially viable or economically interesting. If the plan and its potential complexity could be an inspiration (or an alibi even) for a great number of architectural projects -and in most cases its failure, it seems that as soon as the plan and the complexity of its use turns irrelevant, the lever to argue for Architecture is most certainly gone.)”
To complete the implicit, yet disputable syllogism established by two studio titles “Architecture Without Humans” and “Architecture Without Content”: Humans happens to be the content of architecture. Or whatever.