A Construct

Antonio SantElias' model for the future city was the starting point for paper architecture.  It started a movement for the creation of the utopian and dystopian city.  Many architects have designed a city based on parameters that they believe are valuable.  Frank Lloyd Wright did it, Archigram, Superstudio, Lebbeus Woods, the list keeps going on and on.  Some focused on aesthetics, interiors, organization, and even some worlds were the exterior was the only existing component.  Every generation of architects has had a go at this and each generation seems to do less and less with it.  Each time an iteration is published, it seems like the idea is less and less about architecture and more of the aesthetics of what could be if the laws of physics didn't exist.  Through research, city ecologies, and future worlds, I landed on this weird idea of trash becoming our new world.  A new take to the design of future cities that encapsulates what our present climate is, trash. Everything we consume becomes trash at some point.  Nothing is designed for that part of the object's life.  Consumer culture creates huge amounts of trash that city dumps cannot keep up and have started shipping trash and recyclables across seas.  What is the plan for a future that dumps trash in other countries? How does this affect the local population that has to deal with this?  What are the expected outcomes for our world and how does it all become the new city?

My proposal digs out pits where trash used to lay and contaminate.  These pits become underground facilities for sorting, extracting and recycling waste.  Cities like Lagos will become so toxic that the land will be impossible to be used.  Housing will float above, transit moves through ground level and the work environment is underground.  


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