[“Mono Lake”, 2008, from Mary Mattingly’s “Nomadographies”]
If you suppose that there is a spectrum of ways that we adapt ourselves to our environment, then “architecture” might be at one end, and “cyborg” (whether psychotropic or technological) could be at the other. In between, there would be “clothing”. And if you really want to confuse the three and scramble your simplistic understanding of that spectrum, you talk about wearable architecture.
So I couldn’t let Cyborg Month pass without mentioning Mary Mattingly’s absolutely fantastic “Wearable Homes”. I got in touch with Tim Maly and we ended up co-writing a post for Quiet Babylon, “Wearable Ethics”:
…“Wearable Homes” is a project – part architecture, part photography, part design fiction, part clothing (fashion is not quite the right word here) – which sits at that confused junction between cyborgs and architecture.