Fall 2016 presents: Performative Landscapes

South Sea Pearl Island aspires for a future model of urbanism and urban organization that will catalyze tourism through cultural and ecological development strategy.

In Fall 2016, the studio researched and analyzed several key precedents. Simultaneously, we examined the opportunities that emerged from challenging traditional organizational systems within city planning and building typologies. The resulting opportunities and challenges formed the basis for each scheme’s argument and determined the city’s new urban context.

Teams proposed planning strategies to support the multiple agencies of tourism and ecological development and integrating social, cultural and economic metrics through policy and infrastructural agendas. Considering the intersections of future transportation, natural ecologies, tourism programming, planning policy regulations, economics and social impact, and proposed development strategies, the studio worked to redefine the notion of an integrated township for the next generation.

The principle challenges and opportunities are defined by the client’s question: What is the future of Urbanism?

1) Sustainable Infrastructure
Where does the intersection between the infrastructures of mobility, culture, energy and water lie?

2) Intelligent Tourism: Educational - Cultural – Ecological
Intelligent Tourism relies on a platform of smart business and education to influence lifestyle behavior. Along with technology and policy, lifestyle behavior is seen as one of the three key pillars of an intelligent strategy towards urban sustainability.

3) Integrated Ecology
The role of nature in urbanism as an integrated and performance driven system to re-define physical planning, building typology and urban public spaces.

(Featured image: Project Infrastructure Island by Yake Wang, Luyan Shen, and Barak Kazenelbogen.)