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︎Studio 4, Year 3

Yeliz Abdurahman

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If cities were living organisms, right now they would be in the emergency department. The consistent exponential population growth is leading Earth to a state of paralysis. The consequences - dense monotonous landscapes and ecological degradation. Imagining a new urban layer, sitting mid-air, plugged in to the existing building clusters. Containing inside ecosystems made of elements ranging on a spectrum from natural to artificial, leading to a point where the distinction between the two becomes irrelevant. Synthetic nature - stretched infinitely and at regular intervals over and within the city fabric. A public space overlaying the private space, occupying the air above it, as well as responding to the increased demand for food, housing, energy, transportation caused by the rapidly rising population of Hong Kong. The skin - operating as a harvesting surface, a farm, absorbing carbon dioxide, generating food and energy, fueling an integrated aerial tramway system. The pylons of which - used as the structural towers around which the proposed spaces are constructed. The experience of moving through the structures via choreographed routes, dictating a constant transition between the inside and the outside, following the raised platforms and walkways made of steel trusses in order to create a strong contrast with the lightness and the vast, cloudy character of the outer shell. A system that is both working very hard to slow down the intensity of overpopulation’s consequences but also responds to them, adapts or transforms accordingly, and provides an alternative way of occupying cities.
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Yeliz Abdurahman

︎Studio 4, Year 3
yeliz.abdurahman@outlook.com
Yaa26@cam.ac.uk





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