Fairy Tale Competition
Team Members: Siavash Rezaei, Rachel Trapp
PLEADING OUR CASE.
“What do you mean that is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard, have you seen the crap coming out of the U.S.?”
“What you’re saying crazy and it doesn’t sound physically possible. You don’t expect us to take this proposal seriously, do you?” The man on the other end had a thick Dutch accent.
“Architecture represents a base human need as well as the concrete ways in which we choose to express ourselves. It’s hard to ignore it’s significant to individuals and the world as a whole.”
“There are way more important things than that, the reality of getting enough supplies off-planet, convincing Russia and China to donate basically their entire space programs to helping the entire world instead of just their citizens, these are real problems. This is bigger than a few buildings, this is our existence as we know it.”
“I’m afraid that we are leaving an important part of humanity behind. People need something to rally around, to remind them of the spirit of man!”
“You and everyone else is lobbying for the thing that is most important to them. We need to put all our resources towards survival and not some unrealistic exercise of preserving the past.”
“We’ll figure it out!”
“For the sake of humanity, we can not worry about this or help you…I’m sorry.” *click*
ON OUR OWN.
“Sounds like it didn’t go very well. I told you, this is an insane proposal in the first place, plus the UN can only do so much. We either make it happen through our own means or it doesn’t happen.”
“Alright, I think we both know people who know important people who could at least help us with funding because this is initially going to be very expensive, think like a hundred times any Calatrava project. We can only hope the rest of the community is as convinced of the idea as we are. As for the buildings themselves, those who are preserving them already, foundations or families or whatever, should ideally be on board with it.”
“You would think so, but there is the small matter of subjecting these buildings to untold physical and cosmic loads that could ultimately turn them back into dust, now that may scare them just a little. It may be better to leave them here, knowing they’re fairly safe on earth for at least a while.”
“Yeah, but the real truth here is that there is an extremely high chance no one will ever come back here. You’ve heard the reports and we’ve experienced some of it here, the flooding and storms will only get worse. Even if they are left protected here and somehow survive for any amount of time, we will literally never see them again. Once we’re forced to evacuate, they might as well be gone. There aren’t enough pictures in the world to replace the physical, visceral experience of the real thing.”
“I know, I know, I want to see this happen just as much as you do, but where to start, the planning for something like this needed to be done yesterday. And who knows if there is even enough time left, it could take years!"
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. For the moment, we need people and experts and more people. Assemble who you can from your office, call everyone you know who you think will be helpful and see if they can donate people to work on this.”
WORD GETS OUT.
Word got out, but the reaction was not what we were expecting.
“How could you let them take responsibility for this! You’ve inadvertently given them the power to reshape what is left of architecture and its history, you can’t let this happen!”
The ambassador for Russia was screaming at the top of his lungs. The ambassador for India was on the other line, with what she suspected was a similar slew of displeasure to hurl.
“It was never a priority nor was it ever our intention to try to minimize the importance or standing of any country, getting citizens off the planet was voted unanimously as the most important mission.”
“While ethically I’m obligated to agree with that, it is our graciously donated resources making the evacuation possible. We deserve a say in a matter such as this, one that will potentially reshape our life after earth. The General Assembly should have a vote on it, no question.”
The number of similar calls she’d received this week were already too many to count.
“Well, you’re far from the first person to have complaints of what they’re planning to do. It should have been obvious to us that most countries care deeply about what the essence of historic and modern built forms will be distilled into if this ends successfully. I’ll try to bring a vote on it, but there is no guarantee.”
MAKING A CHOICE.
“So which ones would you take with us?”
The older architect sat across from him in what was left of the UN headquarters.
“The older structures are a better illustration of pure design principles. They stand as testament to the dedication and cunning needed to execute a design of such stature. Look at Notre Dame or the Acropolis, they’re marvels even in the modern age.”
“I can’t ignore the achievements those buildings represent, but modern buildings present a different challenge for a different age. With the help of technology, we can realize ideas we hadn’t thought possible and some we hadn’t yet imagined. Just like the chisel to the mason, computers serve as a tool for invention and unbounded creativity.”
“Maybe, but at what point does the technology do the thinking for us? Where does man decide to put himself in this process or is he even needed? Technically impressive does not often make for a truly satisfying space, one that resonates with the soul instead of the brain.”
“Bah! I know you’ve seen the public library in Seattle or the stadium in Beijing. Tell me you felt nothing, that projects such as this didn’t move you in the least.”
“I will not deny their validity, what I am searching for is their humanity. Show me that and I will be satisfied.”
“Some concessions had to be made, but in the end the voting of which ones would go and which ones would stay proved to be fairly undramatic. It surprised everyone. Countries abandoned old feuds and came together in ways we’ve never seen before. Seems like it only took one of our worst fears and deepest existential threats to come true.”
“Well, the list of viable buildings was fairly inclusive. It seems everyone found something to rally around.”
“But I think it goes deeper. I think they are more than shaken by what we’re going through. I believe they see these buildings as icons that uphold the core principles of what makes us human. That they will stand in our future home as the embodiment of the human will to live. That ideal has proven to transcend borders.”
“This is the best we could have hoped for. Now let’s hope that it will be worth it.”
The shade from the structure above was welcome, especially in this hostile atmosphere. I could almost imagine I was visiting the Eiffel Tower again with my wife. It didn’t provide quite the same respite as it had on earth, but I found deep familiarity in it.
Looking across the rocky red plain, flickering lights outlined community clusters and their inhabitants safe within. The shelters developed for this planet did not have the same qualities as those on earth, but I guess our homes weren’t required to be airtight.
It was a miracle so many of the chosen structures had made it. Delivery and reattachment to the planet’s surface had been the most difficult part, but our success was already more than I had hope for.
It had the air of newness, of the rebirth of spirit, a bold step past survival. In the distance stood each familiar shape and form, towering over the complexes that made up the fledgling city. In the end, they became more like old friends than icons. We looked to them and they reminded us of who we were and what we can achieve. They silently stood guard, watching as we rebuilt ourselves.
An exercise for agent based modeling based on a specific scenario of revolution.
Future Office Competition
Team Members: Siavash Rezaei, Rachel Trapp
The integration of virtual space and office will be a future necessity. Our lives increasingly overlap with the digital world and we can only assume the trend will continue.
As working styles progress towards cloud-based usage and production, the fabric of working space will need to respond. This building is made to express the ultimate flexibility in arrangement and work space activation geared towards virtual reality. Ultimately, the reuse of existing office space will be crucial for a sustainable future and within this solution is the key.
A large magnet would be retrofitted around existing elevator cores to produce a substantial magnetic field in which individual pods float. The pods infill leftover structure, docking to columns through magnets located on the roof and floor.
These same magnets allow the free flow of office, kitchen, and meeting pods to exit and arrange in space as the user pleases. They are connection points for team collaborations and sky-high meetings without sacrificing future privacy and space for deep focus.
Reach for the sky, reach for your dreams.
3dsMax Studio + Vray
3dsMax Studio + Vray