This grain of pollen reveals the exposome and has triggered the design of a methodology for its quantification. Borrowing tools from environmental engineers and citizen scientists – the components of the architectural exposome – particle concentration, heat, light levels – can get measured and quantitatively show the fuzziness of environmental mediation to generate a new type of boundary.
The skin flake knows that the boundary of the British Museum is not the one that the architect designed. Julie Phippard – preventive conservator – helped me designed the section to include the complex web of conservation policies, ventilation requirements, UK security regulation and the listed status of the building.
As this coating becomes a widely used BIM object – designed with the help of microbiologist Anna Kloeckner – microbial exposures are brought straight into the design process. The effect a building component has on the ecosystems it is exposed to, should have equal weight with the way it looks in a 1:50 plan. Coming into direct contact with these specs, we could start mining knowledge that we were not able to access before.