Super Jury Nominate
Taubman College (Ann Arbor, MI)
The thesis is telling a Geostory through the medium of architecture. It is not a statement of being technological optimistic. Nor is it forecasting the future being catastrophic. The story is simple; it is about Human-Nature relation in a non-far, post-Anthropocene age.
Part I. The Tone
Today, humans are living in the epoch of Anthropocene which is structured primarily within the neoliberal capitalism structure. On one hand, it accelerated the pace of civilization; on the other hand, humans are also confronted with the “intrusion of Gaia” such as resource shortage, global warming, sea level rise, and most importantly the distinction of species. This thesis project, “Infra-Oasis”, looks at one of the world’s most commonly consumed energy - natural gas, and attempts to tie its industry to the conversation of human-nature relation.
Part II. Call for Action
Oil rigs are one of the most obvious forms of capitalism. We take from nature, and Build on nature without thinking too much about the consequence. By rethinking the Decommission of abandoned offshore oil rigs near the coast of Rio De Janeiro, the project seeks to enclose the oil industry’s business cycle by thinking “cradle to cradle”, it proposes a net of habitational systems for co-living among all species. Rather being sold back to land as assets or be settled as artificial reefs, the thesis attempting to create a bigger picture for these abandoned rigs.
Part III. The Artifact
Through integration of today’s technologies such as Robotic arms, 3D printing, Genetic and cellular coding, AI robots will be able to learn with the nature and different species to construct a dynamic, organic and Metabolist habitat on top of the pre-existing oil rig. The collective form is not the end of the story; rather it is implying a new possibility for co-living and co-exiting between human, nature, and every other species. It is typological and prototypical; it will always be in the process of production – design and redesign as part of nature.
The 3D printing arms located along each core can construct the base structure for nesting, vegetation, and agriculture, and is governed by the different behaviors of each species.
The Oil rig includes observatory and research parcels which invite people to come and live as guidance for other species and co-live in a self-sustainable style. Energy is captured through wind, solar and wave.