Rensselaer School of Architecture
Geofutures: Post-professional Program in Architecture and Urbanism
critics: Chris PERRY, Andrew SAUNDERS, & Fleet HOWER.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Tanzil Idmam SHAFIQUE: Lagoonous Assmblage can be described as a vision for Los Angeles that goes against the trend of overlooking topographical and climatic realities of the city and postulates a radical restructuring of the city’s morphological and topological armature.
This territorial re-organization is applied on the existing fabric of the city by first identifying natural urban runoff collecting points, which are then metamorphosed into lagoon networks. Multi-agent system simulation is used to derive the network of reservoirs, which is the primary city-scale network as well as the secondary fibrous lagoon networks. The islands created by the inter-weaving canals then become host to programs depending on the context of the city. In this exemplary design, the node at downtown Los Angeles is further programmed and is visualized as a diversified parkland where the existing infrastructure is weaved with the canal network creating landforms that are programmable from being agricultural to being recreational. A complex topology is generated by juxtaposing human needs, protected woodlands, wilidlife habitat and recreational circulation such as biking and boating. Seasonal water level changes create a dichotomous landscape. Environmental variation is embedded into the islands through the capacity of automated misting feature that creates a cool climatic condition on hot days. Furthermore, the Lagoonous Assemblage gives resiliency to the city from floods as the entire assemblage acts as a natural flood flow zone. These concentrated lagoon networks forms a complex system of architecture, urbanism, infrastructure and landscape throughout Los Angeles that reshapes the iconoclastic image of the city from the sprawling, grided city to the fluidic, metamorphosizing urbanity.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
TIS: The works and writings of Cedric Price, James Corner, Stan Allen, and Fumihiko Maki.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
TIS: Reading Thom Mayne, Combinatory Urbanism; Reyner Banham, Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies; Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles; and Mohsen Mostafavi, Ecological Urbanism.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
TIS: Morphosis, Philippe Rahm Architects, James Corner Field Operations, and U-TT.