Datascape: Instrumental Wetland Chennai, India

2016-2017

Course:

Masters of Architecture - Year 2, Semester 2 - University of Westminster, London

Desciption:

In the context of urban and architectural processes driven almost exclusively by economic and political interests and concerns, what might it mean to develop urban and architectural strategies for and with the monsoon, a global system massively dispersed in space and time, yet with profoundly local consequences and cultures?

The past two decades have witnessed a resurgence of ecological ideas and thinking in discussions of urbanism, society, culture and design. Ecosystems are now understood to be open systems that behave in self-organising ways and, to some extent, unpredictable. The project, Datascape: Instrumental Wetland aims to restore the Pallikaranai Wetland, an ecological system, using algal blooms. It researches how to design with and for a material within the cyclical system of its birth, growth and death. Integral to this is the design and implementation of a series of instruments deployed in the Pallikaranai Marsh using real-time data and generative design for their most optimal location, transforming it into a responsive landscape, healing itself over time.

Team:

Tom Benson  Lead
Professor Lindsay Bremner  Tutor 
Roberto Bottazzi  Tutor

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