Frank Gehry, Visiting Professor
Dennis Shelden, Visiting Professor

Craig Webb, Visiting Professor
Kiduck Kim, Lecturer
This SUPRASTUDIO is about going off the grid at an urban scale.
Distribution infrastructures - for power, water, heat, fuel, information, and waste - have dramatically expanded their impact on the built environment over the last century. As technical networks penetrate more pervasively the contemporary way of life, the form and construction of homes, schools, workplaces, and cities becomes beholden to the physical organizations of these nodal and networked systems. Building designs are dictated by the expense and form of mechanical, circulation and distribution systems. The human form of cities are themselves distorted through the infrastructure required for massive car use. Our modern cities and homes are thus shaped and ordered by the requirements of equipment as opposed to de- signs for people.
The cost of these networks in terms of form, energy, environmental im- pact, is increasingly apparent. The challenges to the premise of the grid are urgent. What if the grid itself were unnecessary? Are there solutions that liberate design from the physicality of infrastructure? What if you could generate all the energy you needed in your own home? What new, local infrastructures could appear in place of the old?
POWERPACK takes as a hypothesis that local power generation is possible, literally that a small powerpack could substitute for all the current infrastructure of a building. Power becomes local and portable. It also considers local material cycles - recycling material directly into the powerpack, or harvesting waste material for unprecedented uses or even tectonic expression. What role could machines and robots play in this new ecology? What forms might emerge when the city itself goes off the grid?
Di Ai, Hovhannes Balyan, Weichen Dai, Meryem Gurel, Robert Koshgarian, Heidi Wing-Yan Li, Maryam Mansoori, Anuj Shah, Sining Wang, Yidling Wang, Yiwel Wang,
Yi Zhang, Zhihan Zhao, Yuhao Zhu.