Climatic Oasis #464
2041- Climate change has transformed New York City into a desert. Vegetation is withering and the air is increasingly becoming worse. The population either lives in artificially cooled housing units, only usable due to massive air conditioning systems and the separation to the surrounding environment, or flee to cooler regions. New york ́s vibrant life slowly stagnates. The former metropolis threatens to become a solitary place, extinct due to manmade climate catastrophe.
Amidst this city where life was flourishing, a climatic oasis arises as antithesis to climate refugees and people striving against the alteration.
Oasis #464 is an adaption to the more and more hostile surrounding. A paradise in a futureless environment where natural symbiosis between nature and inhabitants can work again. By creating a microclimate, a sort of climate capsule interacting with its surrounding, plants regain a chance to live.
Thereby housing is harmonised with nature using natural effects in order to generate a climatic comfortable atmosphere.
Who influences you graphically?
As this project was an experiment on comic-strip as mode of representation for architectural ideas I was compelled to find new graphic references not necessarily architectural ones. Browsing through various comic books and graphic novels I found ´building stories´ from Chris Ware. It´s clear isometric perspective and the way additional information is placed had an appealing effect on me.
As a matter of course Archigram or Ettore Sottsass with his work ´The Planet As a Festival´ and other architects or architectural groups of this era had a strong influence on the graphic I have used. Their works were a good case study on how to combine architectural thoughts with a rather uncommon graphic for architectural drawings.
What is your take on the axonometric as the most complete form of drawing?
In my opinion it is a good addition to two dimensional drawings and perspectives. An axonometric has the advantage of providing you with three dimensional information as well as a good overview about the two dimensional structure of a project. Furthermore there are lot of possibilities to modify an axonometric as for example to cut some segments or view them elevated.
All in all an axonometric drawing combines advantages from 2D and 3D drawings with the possibility to add more detailed information or make it a more atmospheric illustration.
What defined the colour palette? How does it reflect on materiality/ atmosphere or the theme of climate change?
I have tested around a lot regarding the colours. At first I tried to symbolise precise information through colours. Over the course of the project it appeared to me that it might be not understandable without a legend. Therefore I decided to pick the colours by more intuitive way. In the end I have chosen the colours by the feeling they evoke in order to support the information transported by my drawings.
The greenish turquoise colour of the interior for example is reflecting the coolness inside and the importance of plants in the oasis.
In order to contrast the oasis from the fictive dystopian scenario I placed my project in I have used bright and friendly colours.
How did you choose to cut the building to reveal certain aspects? How and according to what parameters are the images conceived?
The project should have a narrative character. Therefore it was necessary to show parts of the interior and hide others. Moreover I wanted the viewer to relocate the elements in the various drawings.
Hence there is the main axonometric of the entire building which is summarising and connecting the whole story. The smaller axonometric drawings are extracts from this drawing partially filled with more information as well as including little stories due to the actions of humans placed in these drawings. Appliances or situations observable in these extracts are then explained again the sequenced quadratic drawings around. Hence not everything is explained in these squares one can find, in some cases ironic, moments and ideally get lost in the drawing while searching more of these situations.
How important is the diagram as a tool for communication?
It is always enjoyable to look at good illustrations but often further information makes a project even more striking. Since diagrams can provide these more information I think they are crucial not only for the understanding of a project. However diagrams can also work as beautiful drawing themselves e.g. as an axonometric as I mentioned above.
To what extent might a more inclusive perspective view help people in associating subjectively to the proposal?
The illustration of the project as seen here gives a rather abstract overview about the theme and my thoughts on it. A perspective view would help the viewers to feel the scenario I placed my project into more then the only text based prologue I have written. Also it would make the whole project more tangible and conceivable. Indeed this was not my intention. I literally do not have designed space in this project, it is rather a collection of ideas, instruments and situations managing the fictive scenario I proposed.
2011 – 2014 Bachelor of Science Architecture, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
2013 – 2014 Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
2015 – today Master of Science Architecture, RWTH Aachen, Germany
2014 Kubik Gruppe, Hannover
2014 – 2015 03Architekten, Munich
2016 Mescherowsky Architekten, Aachen
2016 03Architekten, Munich