Rensselaer School of Architecture
Geofutures Post-Professional Program in Architecture and Urbanism
design critics: Chris PERRY & Andrew SAUNDERS with Fleet HOWER
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Huanyu GUO, Bhawya JOSHI, & Sisi QIAN: Sea Garden City 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.
It 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 City is not fixed to a particular site, but offers a portable form of urbanism that migrates across the 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 City takes the for of a floating archipelago of artificial islands and wetlands, a new form of post-territory, post-national urbanism for the future.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
HG, BJ, & SQ: We certainly got a lot inspirations from Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City (1898) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City (1932). Our professor Ralph Ghoche also gave us a lot valuable critiques to push us forward.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
HG, BJ, & SQ: Reading: “Broadacre City: A New Community Plan” by Frank Lloyd Wright; Archigram. Listening to Florence and the Machine.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
HG, BJ, & SQ: Tom Wiscombe, Peter Eisenman, and Morphosis.