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New fluidities
Daniel Phillips (M, 34)
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    New fluidities
    The theme is Water. Drawing on information in critically related matters like socio politics and sustainability students will advance progressive...
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    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Thu, May 1, 2008  Permanent link

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    *Taken from Pamphlet Architecture 27 "Tooling" (Princeton Architectural Press)
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    Construction of the ARMATURES begins immediately as platforms anchored into the opposing coasts of Taiwan China, and Japan. With this versatile scaffolding in place, thus begins an incremental program of urban détournement in which existing infrastructure is reconfigured into new assemblages and installed atop the floating platforms of the ARMATURES. Once reaching a critical mass of 30,000 to 50,000 inhabitants, these buoyant nodes rise with the incoming sea levels and begin a slow procession into the interstitial waters of the Taiwan strait. Biomimetically drawing from the locomotion of starfish the ARMATURES remain anchored to the relatively shallow ocean floor of the continental shelf and begin to take on the unknowable TRAJECTORIES and fluid dynamics of a swarm. As the ARMATURES expand en route to deeper waters they become programmed as subsurface hubs for emergent forms of commerce and transportation, provide filtration for contaminated sea water and temporary habitat for marine life, and a frame for hydrological and geothermal power generation.
    This process continues through the 21st century and into the 22nd. As the buoyant NODES multiply and retreat into the sea, the once doomed coastal cities grow increasingly less dense. By 2100 the total disappearance former mega cities, and the continued pixelization of their geographic distinction coincides with the convergence of the earliest deployed nodes in the central waters of the Taiwan Strait, resulting in the material and cultural unification of the region. As support infrastructure of the ARMATURES consolidates to form surface networks, the buoyant metropolis continues to evolve, concerned not with fixed states or totalizing formal organizations, but the chaotic behavior of large scale assemblages over time.
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    The prospect of inhabiting the planet’s oceans has fascinated designers and philosophers for centuries. The lineage of its narrativization can be traced from biblical references of Noah’s Ark through Plato’s descriptions of Atlantis, and into 20th century cinema with films such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Waterworld. These scenarios are typically underscored by themes of conquest and have consistently relegated the medium of water to an anonymous stage set in the sparkling theater of a fantasized utopia.

    In contrast to these overcooked visions of order, our approach to envisioning a scenario for oceanic habitation is unabashedly anti-utopian. Loosely posited here instead are the terms of a recombinant urban morphology that anticipates the demise of existing coastal cities by kick-starting the process of their disappearance.

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    Like a disputed orphan, the ever-volleying political and legal status of the island of Taiwan is shrouded in policies of deliberate ambiguity.



    Despite its former colonization by the Japanese until 1945, Taiwan was incorporated within the economic and political operations of mainland China under the Republic of China (ROC) until 1949, when the Chinese Civil War resulted in the communist party (People’s Republic of China, or PRC) displacing the defeated ROC to the Taiwanese city of Taipei. Since then the debate over the status of Taiwan has hovered somewhere between upholding the status quo (its tacit affiliation with the ROC), the case for Taiwanese independence as a sovereign territory, or Chinese reunification under the PRC.


    The Taiwan Strait, a 180 kilometer aqueous zone between the eastern coast of china and the low-lying western coast of Taiwan, already the theatre for several military confrontations between the ROC and the PRC, has recently been a site for speculation into future relations between these now estranged siblings.

    In 2005, as part of mainland China’s National Expressway Plan, there was discussion about the feasibility of building an extensive tunnel or bridge to connect China to Taiwan, although the plans were vehemently dismissed by Taiwanese politicians as propaganda for Beijing’s “One China” policy.

    Given the Strait’s importance to the entire region (its vitality as an indispensible trade route to all Asian countries) could this zone serve as the site for a unifying water-based intervention? Could this become the tabula rasa for an interstitial, buoyant metropolis that anticipates and even welcomes the disruptions of rising sea levels as a catalyst for new forms of commerce, new modes of dwelling, and redefined geopolitical relationships?




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    This mapping exercise places china at the intersection of three significant phenomena: Population explosion (despite aggressive policies for controlling birthrate), Rapid urbanization (its consumption of concrete indicating traditional modes of earth-bound development), and worst case projections of rising sea levels over the next hundred years.
    Although the specific features of this region will need to be addressed, it should ultimately serve as a model for coastal regions worldwide.
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