228_Trevor Mayes: Manhattan Project 2.0; The Bureau of Transnationalism

Trevor Mayes


I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture with my Bachelor of Architecture in Spring of 2016 and have been working towards my licensure as an architect in Nashville at Gresham, Smith & Partners.

Art, architecture, and design as parts of a single pursuit. The more we can blur the borders between these concepts, the better. The more we try to separate and define them as separate entities, the less progress we make with any of them.

I believe that our existence can be enhanced by the way we design the things we interact with on a daily basis. I look at how buildings, vehicles, and products succeed and fail in their approach toward improving the human condition and strive to address these successes and failures in my own work.


Manhattan Project 2.0 // The Bureau of Transnationalism


Spring 2016 5th year Bachelor option studio (“Manhattan Project 2.0”)

The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

Professor: Mark Stanley

Awards: 2016 UTCoAD Distinguished Design Award

Global connection tiers separate people the way physical borders once did.

The Bureau of Transnationalism seeks to dissolve borders and encourage globalization by compressing these tiers of connection that currently segregate the world. This is accomplished by providing internet access of an unprecedented speed to the entirety of the world’s population in exchange for individuals’ personal data, eliminating any borders separating people from people.

The result of this complete globalization of Earth’s population requires a massive re-evaluation of the concepts of culture and diversity, of partisan politics, and of the role of government in authority. Only then can a more pure form of capitalism on the brink of anarchy be attained, where the physicality of laws has withdrawn entirely, replaced by instantaneous market demands and hive minded justice. The migrant, the hacker, the terrorist, and the celebrity are no longer the outliers of society; society becomes an outlier of the exceptional. 

Each installation works at the macro scale of dissolving borders and at the micro scale rejecting rigid forms or configurations. Modularity and malleability merge together into a writhing mass of mesh and mechanics. A conductive sack of nodes attracts and retracts to and from masses and voids in the surrounding wireless topography. Physical patterns are not followed, rather the unseen geography of cell signals and wireless hotspots determine its physical form. Orb-shaped processing cores continually shift themselves to the adapting mesh around them. Coolant(s) of varying viscosities are circulated into and around the cores to optimize temperature control and improve reception. More conventional devices circulate the perimeter of the structure on circular tracks, creating strong links from installation to installation via long-wave transceiver dishes as well as acting as an interface for future devices.