The ABC’s of High Speed Rail | Van Alen Institute 2011 Ideas Competition

This cut-and-fold alphabet publication promotes the development of the High Speed Rail, positing twenty-six points – from A to Z – why Americans should, indeed, climb on board and ride more rails. Rather than outlining one intervention, this ABC book tackles the larger question of how to energize public support for this progressive project.

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Power Park proposed for Parco Solare Sud

This proposal for the re-use of Italy’s Autostrada del Sole capitalizes on the site’s inherent qualities. It offers a linear park system that merges zones for recreation and social exchange with centers for high tech research and energy production. The aim is to provide linear laboratory that engages the local community, the greater scientific community and casual passers-by. Continue Reading →

Piezoplot | Runner Up for Jardin de Métis 2011 International Garden Festival

Like many gardens, Piezoplot is a productive landscape. As visitors bounce on the garden’s artificial surface, their movements generate energy through the production of piezoelectric charges. The playful space invites exploration while asking visitors to question their everyday relationship to energy-use and energy-creation. It gives a new twist to the term to harvest, suggesting that public spaces could be used to generate power. Continue Reading →

Rethinking Dharavi

Dharavi is Mumbai’s largest slum – over 400 acres of land where nearly one million people inhabit low-lying structures erected haphazardly on former swamplands. For more than three centuries, this waterlogged region existed at the outskirts of the city – an undesirable stretch where only Mumbai’s poorest and newest residents made their homes. Over time, Dharavi’s relative location has shifted. Continue Reading →

Hydro.lab receives Third Prize in International Open Gap Competition

„Water is the principle of all things; all things are created from water and all things return to water.“Thales of Miletus, 624 BC – c. 546 BC

Hydro.lab makes use of and celebrates the power and potential of water. Located at the Environmental Education Campus at Yosemite Falls in the Yosemite National Park (USA), this temporary research facility is conceived of as a multi-story public building whose modular platforms can be used in a variety of ways. Continue Reading →