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Skytop Quarry, Syracuse NY

Geology is the study of prehistorical and historical humans and their activities through material remains. An essential aspect in geology is investigating the environment people lived in. Geology affords not only to the present-moment that unfolds intro a future potential of exploitation but also to the past buried under our feet. Looking at the dispersed rock at abandoned quarry is fathoming of this kind of condensed geological data. The history of sedimentation is represented through direction of contour lines and the cracks of the rock.

Thus, this research collects and compared different rocks to see the archeological data of environment. 

My research sees this physical form and inscribed organic gem on the rock is congregated datum of the site, and I believe this physical form of geological data could be translated as a reservoir of new digital form.





As this project transforms the geological data into new data form, this research refills the geological loss of data in abandoned quarry with the program of Green Data Center.

Trigeneration is a crucial component in creating the Green Data Center. Three different systems; microturbine, data server, and heat exchanger, are intertwined together

to create sustainable energy by the reckless sordid exploitation on the ground made irreparable scar on the ground such as abandoned quarry. 

The gigantic hole on the flat ground shows the avidity of human being and the necessity of efficient data. Thus, the way of maximizing the generating system of data center

would be the first step to refill the lost data. Inside of intertwined system of Trigeneration, the microturbine intrigues the natural gas in order to generate the electricity.

And electricity is transmitted to chiller room to cool down the server racks. Lastly, exhaust heat from data server is recirculated both to the adjacent space and heat exchanger.

As the system of Trigeneration, HVAC, and structural integrity are combined within one giant superstructural object. It not only saves considerable energy for system leakages, but it also provides solid object for conceptual scheme.   



Design Intention

Thus, as I build up the data center upon abandoned quarry, data takes this opaqueness and paces it directly in front of the viewer.

Educating them about the structure of digital data form while simultaneously using the monolithic mute objects above to serve as a constant

reminder that things are being hidden and gone. The long-rugged quarry becomes a circulation path to appreciate the monolithic object,

making a circuit of new digital knowledge.   



Design Tactics

You enter the space along the slope of the quarry, then are confronted with hanging vessels that "once bore witness to the struggle of this life, that

once had a name, that once had a purpose." These vessels are abstractions of opaqueness. Not only the culminative physical data of present, but also

the digital data for future.


From the systems emblematic of the physical data loss to digital data producing. Our relations with the earth are reconciled through technologies and

techniques of visualization. The intention of placing the monolithic digital vessels on the abandoned quarry reminds us to recognize the data as an object

for cognitive, practical, and affective relations.   


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Design Goal

We reside in a world where our data is as much a part of our lives as the clothes on our back. Apparent in most facet of our daily lives, our data-streams offer detailed accounts of the people we are and the things we interact with others. However, as pervasive as our data is, it is equally confusing, and our lack of knowledge about these systems allow us to create a flatten and tainted perspective on space. Thus Data-Mining project takes this opaqueness and places it directly in front of viewer, educating them about the structure of the internet while simultaneously using the monolithic mute objects above the abandoned quarry to serve as a constant reminder that things are being hidden from us. 



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