Murmur Wall

WHAT WILL THE CITY AROUND US BE THINKING, SEEING AND FEELING IN THE NEAR FUTURE? HOW WILL ITS DESIRES AND FEARS MANIFEST? WHAT WILL BE MOST IMPORTANT?

Offering a glimpse into the immediate future, the Murmur Wall is an artificially intelligent, anticipatory architecture that reveals what the city is whispering, thinking and feeling. By proactively harvesting local online activity—via search engines and social media—the Murmur Wall anticipates what will soon matter most to the city. Constructed out of an intricate weave of steel and acrylic tubing, digital displays and electronics, the Murmur Wall allows Visitors can also contribute their “whispers” here: www.murmurwall.net. As a continuously evolving interface, the Murmur Wall provides a place for the city to share, indulge and reflect on the real-time desires—and anxieties—of its citizens.

Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
Team: Ji Ahn, Nainoa Cravalho, Ripon DeLeon, Zach Fish, Greg Hurcomb, Jeff Maeshiro, Evan Moring, Collin Schupman, Elaine Suh, Ben Ward
Curator: Betti-Sue Hertz
Commissioned by: Yerba Buena Gardens (20xx), San Francisco, CA City hall Plaza, Palo Alto, CA Salone Del Mobile, Milan, Italy
Exhibited at: Salone del Mobile, Milano @ Futurehood, Via Tortona 31, Milan, ITALY; Palo Alto City Hall,  250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA; Yerba Buena Gardens, 759 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Award: Americans for the Arts ‘Top 50 Public Artworks’
Select Photography: Peter Prato
Press: Engadget; San Francisco Travel’s Illuminate SF Festival of Light; SFWeekly; Architect’s newspaper