HafenCity: A Case Study on Future-Adaptive Urban Development HafenCity Hamburg is a project of city-planning where the old port warehouses of Hamburg are being replaced with offices, hotels, shops, official buildings, and residential… Continue reading

Site Analysis [maldives]

[analysis] THE MALDIVES  GEOGRAPHY » The Maldives is a confederation of 1190 islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls [coral island (or islands) that encircles a lagoon partially or completely] in the Indian… Continue reading

Site Analysis [mount merapi]

[analysis] MOUNT MERAPI, INDONESIA   GEOGRAPHY » “Fire Mountain,” as its name translates to English, has erupted about 60 times in the past five centuries, most recently in 2006. It is located on… Continue reading

Extreme Inhabitation

[research] SAHEL REGION OF AFRICA » More than 100,000 people died because of drought in the Sahel region of Africa from 1972 to 1984. Another 750,000 were unable to grow their own crops… Continue reading

Self-Healing Concrete

[research] -Victor Li Self-healing concrete is based on a material he came up with in 1990 called engineered cementitious composite. It has some of the same ingredients as portland cement, except the coarser… Continue reading

Research PHASE 1

The Living City

[research] “In the future, walls will breathe and buildings will talk to one another. Construction materials and systems that have been inert for thousands of years will respond in real-time to the dynamic… Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina [disaster, 2005]

[research] NEW ORLEANS DAMAGE The storm surge caused more than 50 breaches in canal levees and precipitated the worst engineering disaster in the history of the united states. 80% of New Orleans was flooded.… Continue reading

Contagion [film, 2011]

[research] THE SCENARIO Realistic film about the public health and scientific response to a pandemic. SOCIAL EFFECTS: DISINFORMATION » Threat is known to the public, however the lack of information causes fear CHAOS… Continue reading

Living Facade

[research] Prototype of façade louvers that can open or close depending on local air quality readings, and as a result allowing a building to breathe in reaction to external environmental conditions.