The Roving Thermacity

DAASI is a city built as a machine above a colossal data centre, it’s residents key focus is to create as much data as they can every day. This data is then used as thermal energy to heat homes and create steam, allowing mechanical steam engines to move the city around the Irish borderlands, scanning and extracting resources as it goes.

The key aim of this thesis project was to design a conceptual system that magnified the idea that data has physical space, even if we do not see it. The rapid growth of data storage and cloud computing has allowed for many technological advancements, however as a society we need to acknowledge the physical effect that it is having. DAASI is a huge adventurous machine that allows a relatively small city to function, yet the atmospheric and physical effect it has on the surrounding landscape is colossal.