Can architecture claim new roles in this period of economic and ecological turmoil? Can architects contribute new spatial and material practices for the refunctionalisation of the urban landscape?
The World, an artificial marine landscape built off the coast of Dubai City, is the perfect ground to engage with these questions. With its sheer size, embedded fragility, unimaginative design and its massive impact on the surroundings, the $12 billion uncompleted lagoon reveals all the contradictions of the system that fuels major development in Dubai and around the world.
Inter 10's architectural speculation takes the form of 13 visionary projects, the World Dubai Marine Life Incubators, presented here in the form of a manifesto for systemic architecture.
Co-envelopes from hi-tech building skins to living membranes of biocement that accrete according to user, wind and water pressures (YWK). Co-pleasures from passive tourist amusement parks to reactive, selfsustaining coral gardening machines (LM). Co-boundaries from fixed barrier to fluctuating field of wave energy harvesters (NM). Co-farming from total dependence on imported food to floating fish farm (WH). Co-n-solid-ate from underwater desert of loose sand to robotic coral reef garden (WS). Co-fertilisation from top-down planning to bottom-up colonisation, coral fertilisation for a diving park (MP). Co-hubs from nodal interchanges to catalysts of marine and social life (WY). Co-public from spectacular to invisible landmark, a landscape of components for social connectivity and cultural diversity (AB). Co-nursing from engineering environmental remediation to coral nursing as a regenerative playground (CA). Co-structures from unlimited extraction of natural resources to slow cultivation of luxury through bio-marble components (ZF). Co-operation from segregated realms to intense behavioural spaces of social and economic trading (MDLLL). Co-growth from artificial foundations and construction systems to mangrove infrastructures for growing inhabitable landscapes (IMF). Co-healing from psycho-pharmaceutical abuse to dolphin therapy (ME).