design by Russett, J.travis

Russett, J.travis

About J.travis Russett

J.travis Russett, founder of bēstia—a laboratory for symbiotic life-machine exploration, imbues his works with an erotics of wildness, the spirit of humanity, nature and intelligent machines. Since 2016, J.travis has lead bēstia to embody a culture of interdisciplinary fabrication and rapid prototyping, evident in developing works: dìshūBot, a self-learning robot that paints Chinese calligraphy in water (featured in the 2017 Bay Area Maker Faire) and Pure Imagination, plant fed microbial fuel cells that will power our homes and much more.

J.travis holds a Master Degree in Architecture from the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Architecture and Urban Design where he studied one year under visionary architect Thom Mayne. He worked in Los Angeles and New York professionally as an architect and artist in many critically acclaimed studios before moving to China in 2008 when he was invited to work with Ma Yansong at Beijing-based Mad Architects. Inspired largely by the work of Neil Gershenfeld and hacker culture, J.travis returned to intensive study and earned his diploma in the 2017 Fab Academy. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, notably Madrid Now, an investigation of the new Spanish town model, Jorya Design Center, an office mid-rise with vertically integrated gardens that boldly redefine sustainable architecture (currently under construction, Xiamen), and Stranger than Paradise, a gentle call to Wildness.


J.travis Russett,是致力于探索生命与机器共生模式的bēstia实验室创始人。其作品充分彰显他的研究兴趣:以人文精神、自然精神和机器精神三者,来共同展现不羁野性的原始魅力。自2016年以来,J.travis引领bēstia实验室创作了体现“跨学科数字智造”和“快速成形技术”精髓的作品:dìshūBot 地书机器人—— 能以水性涂料书写中国书法的自我学习型智能机器人(2017年旧金山湾区Maker Faire特别精选作品);以及 Pure Imagination 纯粹的想象力—— 能为人类家园提供电力的纯植物喂养型微生物燃料电池。

J.travis硕士期间师从富有远见的建筑师Thom Mayne,获得UCLA美国加利福尼亚大学洛杉矶分校建筑与城市设计系的建筑硕士学位。他在2008年受邀来到中国,与中国建筑师马严松共事于MAD建筑事务所。在此之前,他在洛杉矶和纽约许多备受赞誉的工作室中担任职业建筑师和艺术家。最近一年,由于受到Neil Gershenfeld和骇客文化的启发,J.travis重回深入研究并获得2017 Fab Academy学位证书。他的作品已在世界各地发表并展出,特别是洞察西班牙新城镇模式的 Madrid Now 当代马德里,大胆重新定义可持续建筑概念的花园垂直整合型中高层办公建筑 Jorya Design Center 厦门欣贺设计中心(目前正在建设中)和温柔呼唤野性的 Stranger than Paradise 比天国陌生



…[W]hat I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World. Every tree sends its fibers forth in search of the Wild. The cities import it at any price. Men plow and sail for it. From the forest and wilderness come the tonics and barks which brace mankind. Our ancestors were savages. The story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf is not a meaningless fable. The founders of every state which has risen to eminence have drawn their nourishment and vigor from a similar wild source. It was because the children of the Empire were not suckled by the wolf that they were conquered and displaced by the children of the northern forests who were.
I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows.

So I would say,—
How near to good is what is WILD!?
— Henry David Thoreau, Walking