The physical world is at risk of becoming obsolete as society increasingly relies on the digital world to be the hard drive storing the knowledge we have been accumulating over the entire existence of mankind. The traditional crafts and skills are not being passed onto the next generation, driving the world towards homogenized global culture and a possible dark age.
My research this year has been on the future of craft and how to preserve culture when we rely on the digital world to hold all information including what used to be physical. With the rapid speed of advancement, many things are left to the wayside and forgotten about. How do we preserve things which are seen as redundant due to technology? How do we integrate technology in a way which does not remove the human quality all together? How to we design for a future while considering all that we are bringing with us from the past?
The Allegorist's Archive is a cultural center built in the year 2047 which questions our value and worth systems of the material items we surround ourselves with. It celebrates the sentimentality of objects we have loved, while also providing an opportunity for objects which no longer serve a purpose to one person, to find a new life with another.