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Michael Pecirno, Charles Rickleton

Studio Forage

http://www.studioforage.com

London, United Kingdom
Studio Forage is an experimental architecture and design practice. The core team is Michael Pecirno and Charles Rickleton, who have been working together since studying at the Royal College of Art. The team has produced a range of pieces from sculptures, to urban interventions, to exhibitions. Most recently the team produced an exhibition on the future of cities on show in Shenzhen, as part of the “Eyes of the City” exhibition at the 8th edition of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.

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Seven Stories of Mellonopolis


The city may be smart but the residents will always be smarter.

Seven Stories of Mellonopolis


The city may be smart but the residents will always be smarter.
A selection of stories from the future smart city of Mellonopolis and its cunning, crafty citizens.
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Seven Stories of Mellonopolis presents a series of speculative situations in which AI could be implemented in cities and how humans may develop cunning methods and behaviours to subvert this technology for their own individual self-interest.

This is neither a grand utopian or dystopian vision of the future. Instead it is a portrait of the banal, everyday reality of how normal people with regular human quirks find ways to get what they want in a city augmented with sophisticated yet ultimately naive artificial intelligence.

With AI already a part of our lives, but general artificial intelligence a long way off, the project invites the audience to question what life may be like in the not quite smart enough, smart city.

From pretending to be a child to cross the road quicker to disguising pigeons as crows to avoid paying a fine, we invite you to meet the residents of Mellonopolis and discover their mischievous relationship in the smart city of the not too distant future.



Still from a story – Merrick, a resident of the city of Mellonopolis wears a shirt designed to fool the city's AI-enabled street crossing system.

Still from a story – A van disguised as a cluster of bicycles to relieve its driver of usage fees.

Still from a story – A clear plastic roll strategically placed in urban environments to receive cleaning sooner.

Two viewers examine a citizen's pigeon trap, built to disguise pigeons as crows.

Seven Stories of Mellonopolis


The city may be smart but the residents will always be smarter.

Seven Stories of Mellonopolis


The city may be smart but the residents will always be smarter.
A selection of stories from the future smart city of Mellonopolis and its cunning, crafty citizens.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

Seven Stories of Mellonopolis presents a series of speculative situations in which AI could be implemented in cities and how humans may develop cunning methods and behaviours to subvert this technology for their own individual self-interest.

This is neither a grand utopian or dystopian vision of the future. Instead it is a portrait of the banal, everyday reality of how normal people with regular human quirks find ways to get what they want in a city augmented with sophisticated yet ultimately naive artificial intelligence.

With AI already a part of our lives, but general artificial intelligence a long way off, the project invites the audience to question what life may be like in the not quite smart enough, smart city.

From pretending to be a child to cross the road quicker to disguising pigeons as crows to avoid paying a fine, we invite you to meet the residents of Mellonopolis and discover their mischievous relationship in the smart city of the not too distant future.



Still from a story – Merrick, a resident of the city of Mellonopolis wears a shirt designed to fool the city's AI-enabled street crossing system.

Still from a story – A van disguised as a cluster of bicycles to relieve its driver of usage fees.

Still from a story – A clear plastic roll strategically placed in urban environments to receive cleaning sooner.

Two viewers examine a citizen's pigeon trap, built to disguise pigeons as crows.


Idea by

Michael Pecirno, Charles Rickleton
Studio Forage
London
United Kingdom
Studio Forage is an experimental architecture and design practice. The core team is Michael Pecirno and Charles Rickleton, who have been working together since studying at the Royal College of Art. The team has produced a range of pieces from sculptures, to urban interventions, to exhibitions. Most recently the team produced an exhibition on the future of cities on show in Shenzhen, as part of the “Eyes of the City” exhibition at the 8th edition of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.