BOLTS  (BugOut Location/Tactical Shelter) is an ongoing research project. The main objective of the research is the creation of an engineered fabric shelter that embeds the capacity for both electromagnetic connectivity and isolation into a composite surface. The research is concerned with shifting the perception that only human beings have agency within responsive systems.

BOLTS  (BugOut Location/Tactical Shelter) makes reference to a quantity of fabric for purchase, a quick escape, and a locking mechanism and can be thought of as a safe shelter or hiding place for inhabitants in the event of a global catastrophe, protracted societal disruption or post-biological takeover. In the wake of recent natural disasters and human conflict and increasing speculation of existential threats from nonhuman and unnatural sources, the research seeks to question the position of architecture in the context of contemporary issues of survival, security and privacy.

rootoftwo and daub were selected for The Center for Land Use Interpretationís (CLUI) Wendover Residence Program 2013. CLUI is a research and education organization dedicated to the increase and diffusion of information about how the nationís lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Wendover Airbase was the home of the training program for the first atomic bombing missions carried out on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A dust-tight enclosure containing a vacuum-sealed, inflatable shelter is installed at the CLUI Residence Support Unit in Wendover, Utah and now part of its permanent exhibition. Instructions for the deployment of the shelter in the case of a global catastrophe are presented on an adjacent sign.

TITLE: BOLTS  (BugOut Location/Tactical Shelter)

PROJECT TYPE: Research Project/MS_DT Capstone Studio

LOCATION: Center for Land use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah.

Design: Spring 2013 – Present
Completed: Ongoing

FUNDING: Center for Land Use Interpretation, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan.

CREDITS: John Marshall (rootoftwo), Cezanne Charles (rootoftwo), Karl Daubmann (daub)

Studio participants: Ben Hagenhofer-Daniell, Richard Tursky, Ammar Kalo, Jake Newsum, Jeremy Luebker, Andrea Springer, Secil Taskoparan


MEDIA: Various.

In Spring 2013 rootoftwo and daub led a graduate capstone studio at Taubman College. The studio explored methods for designing and building responsive surfaces incorporating strategies for evading machine-vision and electromagnetic sensing, producing a literal and figurative security blanket as an architectural application. Each project was driven by sets of three randomly-selected criteria: 1) what technology wants; 2) disaster scenario; 3) part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The Master of Science concentration in Digital Technologies (MS_DT) offers the opportunity to conduct independent design research in computer-aided design and advanced fabrication techniques. The MS_DT Capstone is an intensive individual and/or team-based research project that will be undertaken under direction of the capstone faculty and intended to be related to the research of that faculty. The capstone studio researched, tested, built, and speculated on the impact of non-visual parts of the electromagnetic spectrum as influences on the production of high-performance architectural surfaces.