I enjoy speculative fiction and design so it was really interesting to be able to write about these two projects at the beginning of the year.
NEMESTUDIO’s ‘STRAIT: A Geographic Fiction’ depicts a scenario in 2025, where the world’s largest oil tanker ‘Oilella’ has become stuck while passing through the Bosphorous Strait. Illustrated through the use of architectural drawings and film, STRAIT explores the implications of a permanently-blocked passageway.
Oilella’s presence transforms the cityscape instantaneously as well as over time: new monuments commemorating oil spills are constructed and new building codes are implemented in accordance with its structure.
Mars Utopia is a project developed by Alberto Villanueva Galindo of IDEA Architecture Office in an attempt to tackle overpopulation. Based on recent discoveries regarding the existence of water on Mars, the project proposes using a combination of technologies to create a stable environment for human habitation.
The process begins by using 3-d printers to build ferrous towers that melt subterranean ice by feeding off Mars’ electromagnetic energy to create water, followed by the construction of new structures made from epoxy resin, bacteria and fungi. The latter consumes carbon dioxide and releases oxygen into the atmosphere.
These stages are expected to have a projected duration of two years, after which colonisation can begin.