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Interview - Agathe Raguit

Et si nous vivions dans un monde non seulement vivant, mais capable de changer de configuration afin de s’adapter au mieux à la montée du niveau des océans ?

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Interview - Yunil Nam

Hi my name is Yunil Nam, from South Korea; I have just finished my Master’s Degree in architecture at the University of Greenwich in London. Now I am working at an architectural practice in London. I am glad that I won this competition and shared my idea of the ocean with this architectural project.

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Interview - Prethvi Raj and Prasanth Jayaprakash

PRETHVI RAJ, WITH HIS TEAMMATE PRASANTH JAYAPRAKASH, ARE THE CREATORS OF NEW EDGE

© New Edge 

© New Edge 

"Try to make a timeless solution, which addresses the present and supports the future"

11.000. That is the number of people who will be homeless in a 50 years time. The Tuvalu archipelago, or Tuvalu for short, is located at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. This miniature archipelago, independent from the United Kingdom since 1978, is in great danger because of mankind's direspect for nature. Indeed, in about 50 years, the whole archipelago will be gobbled up by the ocean and leave all its inhabitants without their homeland, making them the first ever climate refugees
More than this, sea water has infiltrated many of the island's sources of drinking water, turning them unsanitary to drink. 

What do we do now? Change the way we live? Let them lose their homeland? Do we flee?

The human relationship with Earth is the matter of adapting rather than changing. The architects' approach doesn’t look for an alternative, focusing rather on the invisible potential of context to build a resilient, cost effective and adaptive network.

The South Pacific islands are identified to be the most vulnerable and the context was well deciphered. The forces of wind and water were then identified as the driving agents for design. Land being the basic resource and water, the fuel for survival, encompasses a larger ecological loop. The conversation between these two thus becomes the crux.
It’s not about land or water, but the conjunction of it. It’s a matter of land, water and the space in-between.

The Land was strengthened and recovered through sand harvest. The threats from water were turned as the new opportunities through coral plantation. The gap was refined with groynes making the land grow with water. The diverse forces were thus envisioned to synthesize an interdependent bond that brings social, ecological and economical resilience to the context. 

We interviewed Prethvi Raj on their project and their work:

Above all, tell us about yourself in a few words: Where do you live, study or work at the moment?

Hi, I’m Prethvi Raj currently residing in Chennai. I’m a junior architect at Varsha and Pradeep architects, Chennai. Prasanth is from Kanchipuram and presently working under Andagere architects, Bangalore.

One sentence to tell us about your project

 Our design intervention was driven from a scientific background which can encounter the issue at its crux and offer multi-layered ECO-infrastructural systems.  By envisioning such an idea, the diverse forces of the context were expected to synthesize with each other and evolve a synergic bond that brings the social, ecological and economical resilience to the context.

What does your project mean to you?

It was during our college days, while studying architecture, our cultural capital of India – Chennai, got flooded, despite being a coastal city. We got stranded in our hostel, and whole city had no power or signal with very little supplies. So, we experienced the climate change personally. So, when we came across this competition, we really wanted to help this crisis, and come up with a design considering all the parameters.

What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

We believe design process is continuous and thus should justify both subjective and objective parameters. The main challenge was with the chosen site context, TUVALU, as it is the most threatened place on planet and being economically vulnerable as well. More than the climatic factors, we had to equally deal with energy based parameters and economical dimensions. The multi-faceted integration we conceived for the island had put forth disparate ISSUES to regulate and redefine. Well, anyway its all part of the exercise and we didn’t consider any of them in isolation.

How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?

Thank you for your acknowledgement. We feel proud of our design proposal and our thought process which led us to this stage. We truly believe that architecture has capacity in itself for many unanswered problems and crisis the world is facing, and we feel great to be part of the team of change makers who works for a better future. 

Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

Of course, Yes. We believe that the way brief was set was the most influential factor of our design. There was no restrictions given in any forms, like in terms of site, typology, number of participants etc. but had a clear intention of Sustainability and Innovation. This showed that the foundation’s open minded search for a true solution and excited us to work with a broader vision and deepened knowledge.

Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

Design exercises cannot be isolated from research, analysis and documentation. This kind of competitions in particular encourages all those to happen simultaneously and also allows for uncompromised exploration with no intellectual or geographical boundary. It could help us in taking our ideas to a bigger platform for a progressive dialogue.
We believe our ideas should be displayed for open discussions so that it can see physical transformations and also transcend cultural limitations. Hence we always prefer to take up such competitions and experiment.

What’s the next step?

Our perception over sustainability found a whole new level after the competition, and it’s completely inspiring us in our day to day life. Having won this competition encouraged us to take our own desired path towards sustainability. Well, I wanted to further broaden my vision, and thus planning to do a Master’s degree in Sustainability, and Prasanth started his practice in a firm, which respects the vernacular architecture and sustainable way of construction. We had great start for our first year of our career by winning this competition, and hope to establish a practice in a larger scale and for the greater good.

A word of advice for this year’s participants?

Broaden up your mind, while proposing an idea. Make sure you exploit the opportunities given by the open brief with diverse ideas. Try to make a timeless solution, which addresses the present and supports the future. Think simple; Genuine and contextual.

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Interview - Samer El Sayary

SAMER EL SAYARY IS THE AUTHOR OF PROJECT NOAH'S ARK

©Project Noah's Ark - Samel El Sayary

©Project Noah's Ark - Samel El Sayary

 

 

Above all, tell us about yourself in a few words: Where do you live, study or work at the moment?

I am Samer El Sayary, Assistant architect of Architecture working between Egypt and Lebanon, International trainer for Architectural Softwares and a award winning architect with a 25 award till the year 2017,
My Design Manifesto could be summarized in the three main principles:
1- Digging deep in the knowledge and science accumulated through thousands of years in our region to capture hidden values and intangible strengths of our legacy.
2-Developing those values and strengths using cutting edge technologies to create a state or art architecture that carries the spirit of the past, not in its shape or form, but in its experience.
3-Teaching future generation how to use technology to develop their Heritage.

One sentence to tell us about your project

Leaving earth will be a must for mankind to survive in future. This vessel is a self-sustaining and sufficient environment housing earth life-forms to start a new life on Mars.

Was does your project mean to you?

A key to start working hard to be one of the first generation of Space architects working for future generations of Human race

What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

We live in the same place that people used to live for 5000 years ago. Our goal to stretch our legacy to the next 5000 year for the future generations.
To link a legacy icon to a futuristic technological device.

How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?

It gives me more energy to work harder to be better and start a new career in future space architecture

Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

I believe that publication and fame is much more important than winning, the foundation is helping people like me to start the first generation of architects who will work in outer space architecture

Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

Participating in such a competition is providing me with motivation to work and for me this project is just a start in a line of career.

What’s the next step?

Participating in scientific research concerning outer space architecture to link research with practice

A word of advice for this year’s participants?

Keep moving forward, winning is just a stage to complete what you already started not an end target.

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Interview - Victor Jesus Del Carpio Torres

VICTOR JESUS DEL CARPIO TORRES IS THE CREATOR OF ARCHITECTURE ON THE MOON: SPACE TOURISM AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH HABITAT

Architecture on the moon : Space Tourism and Scientific Research Habitat

Architecture on the moon : Space Tourism and Scientific Research Habitat

20 July 1969: Mission Apollo 11 is a success. Man sets foot for the first time on the moon. “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

48 years passed, and yet we are still scratching Space's surface. From the desire to express one country's political superiority, Space is expected to become a place for leisure with time. With Mars One for instance, we will get to watch the lives of the first ever human colony on Mars.

Victor Jesus Del Carpio Torres, emerging architect from Peru, decided to focus on a project that would allow extended stays on the Moon. These stays would allow Space tourism, but more importantly will be a Scientific Research Center. Because of these two different yet complementary usages, because Space Tourism would fund partly for research, Victor attached a great deal of importance over the aesthetic aspect of the structure. He ended up with this giant sphere inspired by the moon’s unique context and landscapes. The building seeks to be a frame to the Earth; it seeks to connect with celestial bodies and astronomical events with a unique architecture, resulting in new landscapes that become part of the architecture of the cosmos.

We interviewed him about his future plans and his ambitious project : 

Above all, tell us about yourself in a few words: Where do you live, study or work at the moment?

I am an architect from Arequipa, Peru. I studied architecture at Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa (National University of Saint Augustine of Arequipa). My work is focused on architectural design, theory, urban design and planning. I am currently working in several projects and also doing research and writing.       

One sentence to tell us about your project

My project, Architecture on The Moon, is a lunar habitat for scientific research and space tourism that connects with celestial bodies and astronomical events to generate new landscapes.

Was does your project mean to you?

This project was an opportunity to explore architecture beyond Earth. For me, it means exploring new ways of making architecture. It’s an opportunity to rethink the way we live and to look in a new way our relationship with the cosmos and our place in it. For me, it’s a kind of manifesto. I always wanted to design something outside the Earth. So, although this project is not built, it has been the beginning of this exciting adventure that is designing in other worlds.

What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

The main challenge was the integration of the idea, the program, and the rigorous technical aspects of designing a human habitat in an uninhabitable environment. During the development, a point of synergy was key to get all the components working together as the architectural idea, which was about the building being in connection with the celestial bodies, so it means the size of the building needed to be a result from its landscape integration and its functionality. There were other challenges too, for example, redefining technical components and processes, like the typical horizontal access to a habitat, in this project the access is through an elevator that goes up 11 meters to the airlock. There were also challenges in designing the life supporting micro ecosystem and solving the 3d printing building process of the habitat, which would be made out of graphene, the material of the future.

How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?          

It’s a very exciting experience to be able to compete among so many architects and designers from a lot of countries around the world with amazing projects. It gives you an image of your work’s progress, this experience gives you an enriching feedback, because you find that there is much more work to do, and you see that there is so much potential in the times we are living in that needs to be developed, and that inspires you and pushes you forward.

Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

Definitely. There are some aspects of my project I am seeing now that I didn’t before because of the competition, it makes you see your work critically and that produces a continuous improvement of the project, and of course, the foundation has played a key role in giving visibility to my project, something for which I am really thankful to them.

Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

I would definitely do it again. I entered this competition because I wanted to be part of the enriching experience that is a competition about some of the most important current issues such as the sea, sea level rise and space. Because in terms of learning you always win, the moment you submit your proposal you have already learned and gained knowledge that will inspire you later to go even further.

 What’s the next step?

A further development of the project, there is still potential that needs to be explored, maybe I will try to take it to virtual reality, and of course try to give it more visibility to be part of debates around the issues about architecture beyond earth, because this debates produce new ideas and thinking that raise awareness around the fact that we can make architecture from and for other worlds, not just functional settlements, but architecture that means something. Also, I think we need to explore new ideas and the design possibilities of the built environment on Mars and other worlds beyond.

A word of advice for this year’s participants?

Go for it! Do not hesitate! Choose your best project or idea and develop it, imagine that it will be built, so develop it to be real not just the idea, but the whole. Make a good graphic presentation with the best quality you can, and show the best of your project, and the most important thing, have a good time in the process and make it happen!

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Interview - Jean-Marc Schivo, Lucilla Revelli, Gérard Feldzer

JEAN-MARC SCHIVO, LUCILLA REVELLI, GERARD FELDZER, ARE THE AUTHORS OF GREEN SOLAR AIRSHIP

© Green Solar Airship - Jean-March Schivo, Lucilla Revelli, Gérard Feldzer

© Green Solar Airship - Jean-March Schivo, Lucilla Revelli, Gérard Feldzer

"Le dirigeable, ancien, parfois mythologique, certainement pourra trouver sa place dans le futur."

L'interview de l'équipe d'architectes en vidéo

What does your project mean to you?

Mon projet c’est simplement, disons, une contribution pour avancer dans le concept du transport durable. C’est un transport qui est nécessaire… Le projet, je pense que c’est donner de l’espoir à qui recherche de découvrir un monde différent. Dans le silence, dans la beauté des paysages.
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My project is simply, let's say, a contribution for the advancement of the concept of sustainable transportation. It's a means for transportation that is ... necessary. The project, I think, is to give hope to who is searching for a different world. In the silence is the beauty of landscapes.

What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

C’est tout d’abord réaliser des instruments de transport flexible, dans ses applications autonomes capables aussi d’aider les hommes et les écosystèmes dans des moments de difficulté, ou les autres technologies traditionnelles ne peuvent arriver à intervenir à temps.
Y a-t-il vraiment un défi dans ce projet ou dans tous les projets ? Je ne parlerais pas de défis mais probablement d’une formidable entente… avec ceux qui ont participé à la réalisation. Ici les idées se matérialisent. C’est souvent même avec les personnes les plus imprévues… et, alors, la forme change et elle devient raie et parfois encore plus audacieuse.
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It's, first of all, to create flexible transportation material, in its autonomous applications, capable of helping men as well as ecosystems in moments of difficulty, where other traditional technologies cannot intervene on time.
Is there really a challenge in this project of in any other project ? I wouldn't talk about challenges but probably a wonderful understanding... with those who participated to the creation process. Here, ideas become concrete. It is often even with the most unexpected people ... and, then, the shape of your project changed and becomes a manta ray, and sometimes something even more audacious. 

How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?

Etre visionnaire (rire), naturellement c’est une nécessité. Pour chaque homme, je dirais même pour notre société toute entière. C’est la nécessité de réaliser un lien transversal, de [relier], dans un monde qui tente aujourd’hui de séparer toute chose. (il montre son croquis) Ca, c’est de l’hélium, et ici les hommes pourront habiter et être transportés.
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To be visionary (chuckles), naturally, it is a necessity. For each man, even for an entire society I would say. It is the need to create a transversal link, to link, in a world that is trying today to divide everything. (he shows his sketch) This, is helium, and there, men will be able to live and be conveyed.

Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

Rougerie … Et la Fondation, certainement, la Fondation, un lieu de l’espoir. Disons que […] c’est une porte de visibilité mais aussi selon moi un lieu qui est capable d’intégrer des valeurs, multiplier les idées, dans un système de confrontation sans limites. Je me souviens que j’avais lu les écrits de Rougerie, il y a 30 ans, quand j’étais étudiant. Et puis maintenant j’ai appris directement comment en effet, ses idées, en harmonie avec les écosystèmes, arrivent à devenir de formidables machines capable de soutenir et d’aider ainsi notre planète. 
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Rougerie, and the Foundation, indeed, the Foundation, a place of hope. Let's say that [...] it is a way to achieve more visibility but also, I think, a place that is able to incorporate values, multiply ideas, in a system of limitless confrontation. I recall when I read Jacques Rougerie's writings, 30 years ago, when I was a student. And know, I have learnt how, as a matter of fact, his ideas, in harmony with the ecosystems, successfully become formidable machines, capable of supporting but also helping our planet. 

Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

Parce qu’on est toujours jeunes, toujours, disons …enthousiastes des formes de la vie. Parce que, c’est aujourd’hui de plus en plus urgent et nécessaire que les personnes puissent s’aider et participer à des concours [...] très importants dans la vie de notre planète.
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Because we are still young, still, let's say ... enthusiastic about life's unevenness. Because, it's today more and more urgent and necessary that people can help each other and participate to competitions [...] that are very important in the life of our planet.

What’s the next step?

On va [certainement] essayer de développer ce processus, car il faut essayer de réaliser ce modèle de transport, propre à 0 Carbone qui naturellement est urgent, et qui peut aider des millions de collectivités menacées, souvent par le changement climatique, ou le transport traditionnel ne peut arriver. Alors le dirigeable, ancien, parfois mythologique, certainement pourra trouver sa place dans le futur.
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We will probably try to develop this project, because we must try to achieve this clean transportation model urgently, that would be able to help millions of threatened collectivities often by climate change, where "traditional" transportation cannot go. So, the airship, ancient, sometimes mythological, will most likely be able to find its place in the future. 

A word of advice for this year’s participants?

De se laisser porter, Hm, de se laisser porter par l’intuition, car il faut apprendre à voir à l’intérieur de ce grand univers, si riche, ou toute forme de vie, de solutions, sont prêtes à donner le jour pour cette planète, parfois verte, parfois bleue, mais toujours jolie.
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To let themselves go along, hm, along their intuition, because they must lean to sea inside this big universe, so rich, where all life form, all solutions, are ready to give birth to this planet, sometimes green, sometimes blue, but always pretty.

 

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Interview - Rose, Andy, Elvis from the

ROSE, ANDY AND ELVIS, ARE THE CREATORS OF THE TERRA CHRONICLES

The Terra Chronicles

The Terra Chronicles

"The Terra Chronicles proposes a network of vertical
monuments for life on Earth, continuously built up through the decades
into the great beyond".


The idea behind this project is to create an archive of all living species on earth, by storing their DNA and data samples within a fibre unit that would recreate the ecosystem and genetic history of these species. This technology would actually be of use already to protect endangered species.

To put it into more simple words: thanks to the Terra Chronicles, we would have the certainty that if something was to happen to our species, we would have a back up that would allow us to restore life on earth of somewhere else. 

We interviewed the team behind this ambitious project: 

Questions:

Above all, tell us about yourself in a few words: Where do you live, study or work at the moment?

Rose: I live in Philadelphia, and am a second-year graduate student of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
Andy: I also live in Philadelphia, studying in same studio as Rose at Upenn
Elvis: I currently live and work in Shenzhen, China.
 

What does your project mean to you?

R: The Terra Chronicles represent hope for me, hope that all the organisms of this earth should leave their mark, that we would know their stories, and for them to have the potential for a future in space.
A: The project is also an opportunity for us to think about the crisis that people in the future may encounter. At the same time, we are optimistically expecting the solutions for the crisis.
E: The project gave me an incredible chance to design not only with architectural knowledge, but also with imaginations that we don't often use in school. It helped me realize more potentials that architecture could possibly achieve in the future.

 

What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

R: Some challenges faced during the creation of this project was the juggling of heavy school work with the advancement of Terra Chronicles. Other challenges had more to do with coming together with the other teammates to discuss and allocate tasks.
A: Yes, especially Elvis was not at the same place with Rose and me. Video chat is not a very efficient way for architectural discussion.
E: The concept of “space architecture” has very different scale and location comparing to the architecture that we are practising nowadays. The most challenging part for me was the process of defining architecture language that would be tangible and appropriate for the future, while conveying our concept clearly to the public.

 

How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?

R: I don’t credit myself to be visionary, only that as a team, we had in mind a goal we wished to address with our project. We saw a possibility for a future and worked to bring it forth from our minds to paper.
A: For me the word “Visionary” is suitable to depict what we did: we were imagining what may happen in the future. We set a situation and found a problem basing on our experience, analysis and imagination, then tried to solve it. It is interesting to work “in future”.
E: While feeling honoured for wining the award, I'm also very excited to see other visionary entries and get to know what other participants concerned about. For me that is much more rewarding than winning a prize alone.
 

Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

R: Yes, the Foundation has hosted a beautiful awards ceremony, featured us in numerous exhibitions and publications. It has done much in making us visible.

 

Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

R: The reason I chose to participate in this competition was because I thought it wasn’t meant to ground us in the conventional senses of architecture, but instead allowed us the room to be creative and projective.
A: As architecture students, we’ve learnt a lot about architecture theories, analysis method and software techniques. However, we need a relatively free situation to practice. Such a competition provided a great platform for us.
E: I saw this competition not only an architectural one, but also one that allowed us to showcase a better future that we believed in. I'd definitely like to do it again when the time comes!

 

What’s the next step?

R: The next step would be to graduate from my program, but in the meantime perhaps participate in a few more competitions.
A: I will definitely be together with Rose.
E: As a recent graduate, I wish to combine my architectural skills and experiences together to address tangible social issues through work and movements - as well as participating in more competitions of course!

 

A word of advice for this year’s participants?

R: It is very important to have a vision for what your project would like to accomplish. Purpose makes everything else fall in to place.
A: Like the last sentence of our video: in a time of destruction, create something.
E: Follow what you are interested in, and there are much more beautiful things through your imagination.

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Interview - Daniel Valle

Daniel Valle is the creator of Water Pavilion - Walk towards the ocean

©Daniel Vale - Water Pavilion: Walk towards the ocean

©Daniel Vale - Water Pavilion: Walk towards the ocean

"The project invites all visitors for a walk towards the ocean."

What better way to increase awareness than through art ?

Daniel Valle, a Spanish architect, thought of his Water pavilion as a boat that would allow people to walk towards the ocean as the structure seems to keep changing its level from emerged to almost fully submerged. 

Still, Water pavilion explores various water principles and their translation into an architectural experience such as fluidity, buoyancy and constant level change. Like submarines, the pavilion stands between submerged and emerged levels defining a sensible state of equilibrium between dryness and wetness. The project invites all visitors for a walk towards the ocean. The visual effect created makes the spectator feel like he is walking directly to the ocean and aims to represent the real risk that many coastal areas around the world will face because of sea level rise, one of the major consequences of global warming.

To really merge the spectator into his universe, he engineered a hole allowing the free fall of water, creating a cloud of water vapor and the sound of a cascade.

We interviewed Daniel Valle on his project: 

One sentence to tell us about your project

A never-before experience towards the sea.

Was does your project mean to you?

The project is very meaningful to me as it represents much of what we are as architects. The Water Pavillion was a creative and free thinking design process where Natural references and new technologies merge into a design proposal.

What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

Mostly we faced technical challenges as we were designing on water instead of land as usually architects do. We had to study the basic properties of buoyancy and other principles that naval engineers are familiar with.

How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?

It is not for me to say whether our work is visionary or not but rather focus on the quality of the work every time we engage in a new project.  Prices like the one we received by the Fondation Jacques Rougerie certainly reassures us that we are doing good work and it is a very rewarding feeling.

Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

I definitively think so. The media attention that the price has is phenomenal and it has resonated among our clients and followers.

Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

It is always interesting to participate in this kind of competitions because they allow designers to think free with no restrictions. Most of the competitions have plenty of constrains where this one has none.

What’s the next step?

We wish to make this design a reality sometime in the future. For that we will need to advertise it and find a public or private investor interested in the idea.

A word of advice for this year’s participants?

To be innovative is hard work but it is worth trying! Designers should always strive for unexpected solutions (innovation) even if it is a modest one.

 

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Interview - Dimo Ivanov

DIMO IVANOV IS THE CREATOR OF CIVILIZATION 0.000

Civilization 0.000

Civilization 0.000

 

Nuclear wars, radioactive waste, black holes, lack of resources: Truth is, there is a great deal of potential apocaliptic threats upon us. We could all vanish after an explosion, we could be at war, fighting for the limited amount of water on Earth. But what would we do, really, if we were to be the last survivors on this world ? 

In a future in which all the Earth's divisions are removed: countries abolished, borders dissolved, and governments overthrown, "Civilization 0.000" would find its place. That is, this creation would be human's solution to distribute resources equally, according to human need.

In this world, a series of interlinked skyscrapers called "0.000 Units" would harness local earth resources. Each of the units would assume one of 6 key functions: living space, education, resource management, production, energy storage, and electricity generation. Functions are determined by the environment in which the units are sited.

The entire structure is engineered to provide maximum energy levels, and would convert an estimated 40% of all kinetic energy received into usable electricity. It is projected that the skyscraper would create 100 million kWh of renewable energy each year. Hugging its coastal site at ground level and sinking 260m below the surface of the sea, Cape Horn's Civilization 0.000 appears to emerge from the ground plane, clad in a material that the architect likens to the "surface of shark skin".

We interviewed Dimo about him and his project : 

 

Above all, tell us about yourself in a few words: Where do you live, study or work at the moment?

I am currently living and working as a project manager in Zurich, Switzerland.

1) One sentence to tell us about your project

Civilization 0.000 is a high tech structure, placed at Cape Horn in Southern Chile, that uses locally available renewable energy sources to generate electricity. Making use of the ample wind, wave, and tidal energy of this region, the structure would utilize a combination of 19 wind turbines, 4 wave power plants, and 6 tidal power turbines to create 100 million kWh of renewable energy each year.

2) Was does your project mean to you?

The project means a lot to me. It represents very much my approach to architecture: visionary,  adventurous and always questioning the status quo.

3) What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

The creative process requires always effort & demands patience. The biggest challenge for me was to find the right chair & tutor at the university. That's why I am very thankful to Prof. Dirk Henning Braun (Head of chair of building technology, RWTH Aachen University) for giving me great support and creative environment while creating my master thesis: Civilization 0.000. In addition, I would like to thank my friends from Flying Architecture for providing stunning visualizations of the project!

4) How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?


I am not necessary trying to be one of the most visionary architects in the world, but rather trying to follow my inner values & life purpose to design beautiful pieces of architecture and improve as much as possible our environment.


5) Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

The Foundation played definitely a crucial role in spreading the project ideas. However the motivational aspect of this recognition is from my point of view even the greater contribution.

6) Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

This competition is one of very few architectural competitions, that fully meet my personal vision and approach to architecture. It has been an honor and pleasure to participate and for sure I would do it again!

7) What’s the next step?

I am currently working on a new project and considering the possibility to write a book (projects compilation) dedicated to this topic.

8)  A word of advice for this year’s participants?

Perhaps the best piece of advice I can give to this or any year’s participants is to follow their dreams, because the life is much too short to design anything else!

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Interview - Shaunice Ten

SHAUNICE TEN IS THE CREATOR OF ANTICIPATORY ARCHIPELAGOS.

Anticipatory Archipelagos

Anticipatory Archipelagos

"I am shaunice, an architectural designer from the sunny island of Singapore.☀️️"

The video of her project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rdHem8Q32Y

Singapore is a small city-state in South-East Asia. With its surface area of 719.1 km², it is a challenge to find space for people to live, work, and generate natural resources. Today, with its population of 5,607,300, Singapore has a density of 7,797/km², a colossal figure for such a small state. To put it into perspective, the state is about 935 times smaller than France and yet its population is only 12 times smaller. 
Obviously, the first solution is to go upwards with gigantic skyscrappers, but this strategy has many flaws. Hence the other solution that is exploited by every coastal state : land reclamation. 

There are several techniques of land reclamation, some more environmental-friendly than others. In Singapore, they have been using sand mostly since the beginning, back in 1822, just after Sir Stamford Raffles arrived to colonize the city-state. 
In order to enhance the city and transform it from a small fishing village to an economic hub, he decided first that they should expand land onto the sea to create a port. 
The sunny island went from 581.5km² to what it is today and is not done since it's expected to grow of about 100km² more by 2030. 

Shaunice's project is a solution to expand Singapore while respecting the Sea, It envisions a restored archipelago where lands and waters are clean and have a different kind of productivity and use value - one that is more rehabilitative and remedial.

We interviewed Shaunice Ten on her and her project : 

Questions:

Above all, tell us about yourself in a few words: Where do you live, study or work at the moment?

Hi Im Shaunice, from the sunny island of Singapore. I just graduated from the National University of Singapore less than a year ago.

1. One sentence to tell us about your project

The project is a critique about the valuation of land-sea relations. It envisions a restored archipelago where lands and waters are clean and have a different kind of use value that shifts away from land for cities and seas for trade - one that is more rehabilitative and remedial.

2) What does your project mean to you?

I always feel that good architecture has to have a responsibility - socially, environmentally or culturally. It is always easy to get caught up in the capitalist system or the commercialization of architecture. In a way, this project is a voice on what architecture could or should be. It also serves as a reminder to my future self to always constantly question, rethink and envision the possibilities of our profession.  

3) What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

I faced two major challenges. First was to translate the research into design and the second was to ensure that the project was visionary but also believable – I took a long time researching and talking to people before someone told me about a technology that I could look into to further substantiate the project.

4) How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?

Sometimes its great when I met like-minded individuals to share my thoughts/works with. From there, the discussions yield fruits and new perspectives and it fuels the passion to want to do and envision more. But of course there are those who are more dismissive when it comes to visionary projects because there are more pressing issues of today which are not solved yet – I don’t disagree with them but it can get quite discouraging at times.


5) Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

Yes! I am absolutely grateful for the numerous opportunities and publication/ exhibition platforms. Thank you!

6) Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

I would attribute why I participated to this quote: “Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.”― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days
If I have the time to participate again, yes definitely.

7) What’s the next step?

I’ll have to serve my bond to the private sector in Singapore till 2018. Thereafter I’m keen to work overseas to gain more experience and to get a better understanding of other cultures. Alternatively I’m also interested in academia so I will see how it goes.

8)  A word of advice for this year’s participants?

Keep up the passion! I cannot wait to see all of your works.

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