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  • Plastics are Forever
    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    University of Pennsylvania
    critic: winka DUBBELDAM

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    tia CROCKER & mark SHKOLNIKOV: In response to the increased amounts of plastic found in our water, in particular the massive accumulation in the Pacific Ocean, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, this project proposes a solution that involves both collecting the plastic through a system of robots as well as using the collected plastic as a building material both on the Deepwater Island Habitat and ashore.

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  • plastics are forever
    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    tia CROCKER + mark SHKOLNIKOV: In response to the increased amounts of plastic found in our water, in particular the massive accumulation in the Pacific Ocean, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, this project proposes a solution that involves both collecting the plastic through a system of robots as well as using the collected plastic as a building material both on the Deepwater Island Habitat and ashore.  The project involves a network of Sensors Buoys, scattered within the Patch, relaying information for the deployment of the Whirlpool Agents; a system of aggregative robots able to “swim” to the targeted plastic and generate micro-currents to further densify the particles.  Through this high-pressure system, the plastic is collected and transported back to the island.

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  • drifting horizons
    london ENGLAND + philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    mark SHKOLNIKOV / tia CROCKER: TAs the Tidal North Sea flows into and withdraws from the River Thames, an estuary condition occurs just East of the city of London, affecting its ecology with its dynamic exchange of currents. In one typical day, the elevation of the River Thames fluctuates from 10 feet above the river bed to 30 feet, and back down again.
    Our project proposes an urbanism consisting primarily of a concentration of rafts floating along the River Thames, whose motions are activated by the ebbs and flows of the River to create new configurations and programmatic adjacencies.

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