Design proposal of a new type of a floating city. Formally based on open-pit mining, they essentially mine the ocean for habitable space. On the of size scale of a small island such as Catalina, these are not fixed islands but enormous, buoyant watercraft. The expandable design is modeled to accommodate change through time. Area wise, growth mimics population boom and lifespan with new levels of development that can be built atop the old, increasing the depth height, the surface ring's area, and spatial volume. While the total land area will accumulate, bottom layers can be 'shed', ensuring a perpetually contemporary top layer, always built through the lens of new technologies and adaptations of the time.
Submerged shot of a habitat from ocean depths looking upward. PH neutral concrete coralizes and serves as wildlife habitat.
Land development now consists of tapping throats of volcanic magma in order to create streams of lava flow—streams of land creation. Acupunture-like piercings scatter across the landscape as both man made forms and these generated streams of molten rock weave together to form a new hybrid, synthetic geology. Potential sites of land creation are located primarily on ocean faults. These sites of volcanic activity are cordoned off with circular dams, which simultaneously act to keep ocean water out as magma is produced, yet designed to destruct should the explosive operation become too erratic.
Early rendering of a circular dam located on a high elevation of the Mid Atlantic Ridge.
Haleakala Crater, Maui
elevation: 10,023' — Lee Wave Iridescence clouds form as the natural phenomenon plays against the artificial cloud luminescence. The landscape's red hues are due to the geologic iron across the windswept crater. Cloud masses slowly pass, taking up dust and microbes along their intercontinental flight.
One initial idea was to biologically engineer cloud borne microbes as an act of rogue geoengineering. The cloud hitching bacteria Pseudomonas syringae (known to trigger rain events) is modified with a luminescence trait which blocks UV light across a wider spectrum, effectively cooling the planet. A defense tactic led by small island nations who face extinction by rising sea levels. As the victims of an ecological war largely initiated by industrial nations, small island nations are now strategizing their survival with geoengineering.
In addition to the large scale production of these bacteria, vaults of thermal-resistant bacteria, embedded in the landscape, lay in dormancy. When volcanic eruption occurs, these vaults disintegrate in the upward thrust as aerial blooms of bacteria are launched into the stratosphere.
Above is a prompter image for the workshop which was actually structured as a job interview for Terra Incognita, a fictitious architecture firm. The workshop had no "rules". This was less of a teleological approach and involved fellow designers Walt Chiu, Geoff Ka'alani, and Sarah Needham. The idea, while still involving role playing, emphasized the lateral movement of creativity, by eliciting the authentic responses of real designers.
This is a summary of the workshop held.