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new geographies

2012
thesis projects

harvard Univeristy graduate school of design


this booklet is an early summary of thesis projects undertaken in the new geographies lab of the graduate school of design, harvard University. - spring 2012. the thesis advisor is hashim sarkis. special thanks to aga khan fellow erikn ozay and edna van saUn. and to all the critics who gave us their valuable insights through out the semester.

samaaelimam franciscoizqUierdo fadi masoUd andrewmcgee joo paulo meirelles jarradmorgan andr passos
advisor: hashim sarkis

primary geometries superimposed microcosms in the delta / sea interface


settlements in the nile delta embody a notion of territorial unity and semienclosure in their geography, one that presents a challenge to the sea, yet is strangely contingent upon its relationship with it. coupled with a constant shifting and readjustment of boundary, barrier, and interdependence in the finer grain, cities that are positioned between two dominant resources -- the nile delta and mediterranean -- demonstrate distinct growth patterns that attempt to maintain a delicate balance between ecosystems of the river and the sea, the agricultural and industrial landscapes, their maritime and infrastructural networks. the relationship of the city to its hinterland is crucial for its sustenance, yet its urban orientation, growth patterns, and directionality preference the proximity to the coast. rising sea levels, increased industrial activity, depleting resources, and rapid population growth question and challenge the boundaries of the city and its adverse hinterland relationship that is essentially its survival mechanism. this thesis posits that by operating at multiple scales, the architectural object positioned within the microcosm of damietta, a city precisely at this interface, can generate moments of re-orientation and perceptual cognition that allow the clarification of immediate context as well as broader regional and global scales that are at work in the city.

samaaelimam
march i - ap

S p C r e in it s a s p m

a school network system for rio de janeiro


revisiting the 1950s escola parque and escolas classe system

natur, sinvenda qui consed quatendis earum et moluptae vent ut estrum evelitecatum eius.boressi occus cum qui dolupiti optatus acerum rerum reni comnis alitate mporeseque ant ut hil experum volupta tiisinvent mos dolorecepe plis im restrum haribus vere voluptatae. ebissecum quis eaquo dit, offic te etus mo vit volorum facipsunt, ulpariat exernam essi blatemquos escillu ptaturi bustis re verem as inveria dest, con rersperrorum utassequae non reperorum eiunditia sint vellab invelen itatem nonsecum aut maiore acepe officie nimpore, quos repedissenem et, samusandanis aut alit, utem aute nonsequamet lis modiscia cum exped ut renet idunt ped ma doloriore ellabo. perum hil moluptis il min conecab oritae re nem

francisco izqUierdo
marchii

revisiting the valley cross-section

geo-topo strUctUres: topography as Urban megaform

in the presence of geographic extremes an inherent ecological pressure forces specific forms of territorial assertions. when 20th century technological fixes began to prove their fallacy, the sensitive and specific threshold of occupying those geographies began to coerce certain paradigm shifts. while settlements have mastered urbanizing terrains for millennia. i would like to propose that there is an inherent potential of re-capitalizing on the geographic possibility of topography to function as both infrastructure and resource. like marginal environments everywhere, the mediterranean mountain has a delicate capacity and a maximum threshold population which changes with levels of technology and productivity. yet unlike marginal environments it has the potential to allow for urbanization of these terrains in a manner which capitalizes on the principles of verticality for climate responsive agriculture, for the generation of energy, collection of water, and the building of ar chitecture; an architecture that must literally stem from the landscape and is in constant dialogue with its foundations.

fadi masoUd
mlaii

pirate infrastructure and bathymetric geography


natur, sinvenda qui consed quatendis earum et moluptae vent ut estrum evelitecatum eius.boressi occus cum qui dolupiti optatus acerum rerum reni comnis alitate mporeseque ant ut hil experum volupta tiisinvent mos dolorecepe plis im restrum haribus vere voluptatae. ebissecum quis eaquo dit, offic te etus mo vit volorum facipsunt, ulpariat exernam essi blatemquos escillu ptaturi bustis re verem as inveria dest, con rersperrorum utassequae non reperorum eiunditia sint vellab invelen itatem nonsecum aut maiore acepe officie nimpore, quos repedissenem et, samusandanis aut alit, utem aute nonsequamet lis modiscia cum exped ut renet idunt ped ma doloriore ellabo. perum hil moluptis il min conecab oritae re nem

the Utopia machine

andrew mcgee

marchii

from the hill to the flatlands: a descent to the future of so paulo

for a legible contemporary city-world

this thesis wants to discuss the issue of legibility in the contemporary city. i am arguing that legibility is as important as mobility for example, part of a social justice project. from my point of view, a legible project can produce a new image for the actual city and give identity to its citizens. to discuss those issues i am proposing to develop an specific area in the flatlands of sao paulo through a urban design project. the site represents a range of industrial areas located between the rivers and the railway lines - areas well served by infrastructure that are facing great transformations at present.

joo paulo meirelles


marchii

mediterranean horizons

linking the local to the global through the visuality of scale

by linking the local with the global though the construct of the network, a site may undergo what could be referred to as a process of displacement. this thesis will be structured around the re-imagining of existing and proposed ferry terminals associated with the maritime routes discussed previously linking the ports of igoumenitsa, ancona and brindisi. forming the armature around which the project will be attached, these spaces of maritime infrastructure will then be enriched by programs and spaced designed to re-integrate them within the social space of the city. the programmatic interventions will be minimal. instead the focus will be on the rediscovery of the social and civic potential of the port, and on reclaiming the infrastructural elements of the ports as public works.

jarradmorgan

marchii

religious pilgrimage routes and settlement economies


natur, sinvenda qui consed quatendis earum et moluptae vent ut estrum evelitecatum eius.boressi occus cum qui dolupiti optatus acerum rerum reni comnis alitate mporeseque ant ut hil experum volupta tiisinvent mos dolorecepe plis im restrum haribus vere voluptatae. ebissecum quis eaquo dit, offic te etus mo vit volorum facipsunt, ulpariat exernam essi blatemquos escillu ptaturi bustis re verem as inveria dest, con rersperrorum utassequae non reperorum eiunditia sint vellab invelen itatem nonsecum aut maiore acepe officie nimpore, quos repedissenem et, samusandanis aut alit, utem aute nonsequamet lis modiscia cum exped ut renet idunt ped ma doloriore ellabo. perum hil moluptis il min conecab oritae re nem

21st centUry pilgrams

andr passos
marchii

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