Urban Swales Featured in Rensselaer

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Geofutures program and student project featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Rensselaer magazine. The featured project, which placed second in the speculative category of the Dry Futures competition sponsored by Archinect, is called Urban Swales and was the culmination of a year’s worth of research and design work by recent Geofutures graduate Ahmad Khan, […]

Tanzil Shafique in Dry Futures

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Geofutures graduate Tanzil Shafique’s Master’s Project from the Spring semester of 2014, titled Lagoonous Assemblage, received an honorable mention in the speculative category of the Dry Futures competition sponsored by Archinect. This is the second former Geofutures student to be recognized in this competition, given that Muhammad Ahmad Khan’s Master’s Project from the Spring semester […]

Speculative Urbanism

Kiyonori Kikutake, Ocean City (1968)

Speculative Urbanism The Ecological Urbanism concentration (Concentration II) situates itself within a long and rich history of speculative urbanism particular to the discipline of architecture. This history includes such visionary proposals as Antonio Sant’Elia’s La Citta Nuova (1914), a collection of drawings depicting the new industrial city of the twentieth century, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City […]

The Mannahatta Project

The Mannahatta Project, aerial rendering
Proposal by Joe Gibney (Spring, 2015)

The Mannahatta Project Joe Gibney Predicated on an uncertain future in which “buildings” and “cities” can no longer be designed for ‘us’ alone, but rather, must seek to foster new forms of “architectural” and “urban” space situated somewhere between human and nonhuman use, the Geofutures program’s design research privileges neither. Instead, students are encouraged to […]

Urban Swales

Urban Swales, aerial rendering
Proposal by Ahmad Kahn (Spring, 2015)

Urban Swales Ahmad Kahn Predicated on an uncertain future in which “buildings” and “cities” can no longer be designed for ‘us’ alone, but rather, must seek to foster new forms of “architectural” and “urban” space situated somewhere between human and nonhuman use, the Geofutures program’s design research privileges neither. Instead, students are encouraged to explore […]

Huanyu Guo – Bhawya Joshi – Sisi Qian

Sea Garden, site diagram.

Spring 2013: SEA GARDEN 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 […]

Zhen Chen – Bingwen Du – Prachi Gadkari

Cavern City, laser-cut detail model.

Spring 2013: CAVERN CITY This design proposal references a highly influential urban futurism precedent from the mid-twentieth century, Kenzo Tange’s Clusters in the Air (1962).  Similar to Tange’s project, Cavern City provides a large-scale superstructure for the gradual accumulation and distribution of smaller-scale programmatic elements over time.  Whereas Tange’s project was premised on the machine, […]

Sahar Mihandoust – Tazy Momtaz

Coropolis, detail rendering

Spring 2013: COROPOLIS This design proposal references two important urban futurism precedents from the postwar period of the 1960’s, Kenzo Tange’s Plan for Tokyo (1960) and Cedric Price’s Fun Palace (1964-72). Similar to Tange’s project, Coropolis provides a large-scale superstructure for the gradual accumulation and distribution of smaller-scale programmatic elements over time.  Whereas Tange’s project […]

Bing Bai – Edgar Garcia – Jessica Hernandez

Biotic City, rooftop rendering

Spring 2013: BIOTIC CITY This design proposal references two twentieth century urban futurism precedents, Le Corbusier’s Plan Obus for Algiers (1933) and Paolo Soleri’s Novanoah (1969), and incorporates aspects of each while simultaneously proposing something entirely new; a large-scale, floating linear structure comprised of biodegradable materials harvested from the site itself. Located in the Marine […]

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