Craig Hodgetts SUPRASTUDIO Cybervillage
Craig Hodgetts, Professor, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
Marta Nowak, Lecturer, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design

SUPRASTUCIO Cybervilliage will create a master plan for an ideal 21st century community, based on our research of past and present trends. It will be important that we apply modern, rational analysis to these plans, in order to create realistic, yet visionary proposals which, by reason of their radical origins, are capable of challenging and ultimately replacing the outmoded models now employed throughout the world. Each master plan will be governed by a group of restraints, such as economic, sustainability, or governance, which will set the priorities for design without dictating any particular form, yet serve to set the stage for profound differences in infrastructure, lifestyle, and program.

Hypothetical sites, from arid plane to grassland slopes to jagged highland will provide an opportunity to explore various responses to topography, while typological precedents will provide intellectual and conceptual ballast. Various typological scenarios will explore:

• Linear configurations such as the Robertson/Barnett plan for NYC, Marinetti, or Soleri, Paul Rudolph’s Cross-Bronx Expressway, etc.

• Field conditions such as the Berlin Free Library or Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City

• Topological conditions such as Caesar Pelli’s Sunset Mountain project, or Gian Carlo de Carlo’s Urbino, or Soleri’s Arcosanti

• Megastructures such as Kenzo Tange’s Tokyo Bay project, or SUPRASTUDIO ‘S Endless City

• Walled configurations such as Beijing’s Forbidden City
• Armature cities such as Archigram’s Plug-in City

The studio focused on developing a program as well as configuration and massing in order to establish a diagrammatic master plan capable of providing a template for further architectural development as projected for the third quarter. Students will work in teams utilizing the model shop, robotics lab, print and graphic media to create a large scale physical model representing their concept. Projection mapping will be employed to describe traffic patterns, day and night time use patterns, amenities and resources, in order to fully explain a “day in the life” of the concept.

Students: Andi Dong, Shiqi Fan, Yunxuan Guo, Ailun Jin, Maria Antony Katticaran, Xiaodi Li, Shanfei Liang, Manju Sanjay Paithankar, Ammar Mustafa Palgharwala, Ziqi Pan, Yao Xiao, Shui Yu, Qiyue Zhang, Shuai Zhang, Yarei Zhang, Yuchuan Zhang, Mengning Zhao, Dan Zhu.