Huanyu Guo – Bhawya Joshi – Sisi Qian

Spring 2013:


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This design proposal references two important urban futurism precedents, each of which addresses the relationship between urban fabric and landscape, Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City (1898) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City (1932).  Similar to both of these precedents, Sea Garden mixes urban fabric with a variety of landscape elements, including agricultural belts and salt-water filtration ponds, in the production of a self-contained, self-supporting city on the sea. Unlike Howard’s centralized plan and Wright’s rigid Jeffersonian grid, however, Sea Garden is decentralized and inherently elastic, capable of adjusting to a wide range of internal as well as external pressures, such as the fluctuation of population densities and complex weather patterns related to the ocean.

Sea Garden is not fixed to a particular site, but offers a portable form of urbanism that migrates across the Earth’s oceans.  Comprised of large-scale porous ring structures, each of which supports a population of human as well as non-human residents, such as itinerant birds and marine life, Sea Garden takes the form of a floating archipelago of artificial islands and wetlands, a new form of post-territory, post-national urbanism for the twenty-first century.

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Evan Douglis, Professor


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