Skybound Dreamland

 

"The nomad inhabits these places, he remains in them, and he himself makes them grow, for it has been established that the nomad makes the desert no less than he is made by it. He is a vector of deterritorialisation." - A. Ponte, Journey to the North, The House of Light and Entropy

 

The proposal reevaluates the relationship between informal settlements and their supportive infrastructure, incorporating the creative spirit of South African communities and festivals to create a new image of survivalism. A system of lightweight structures is deployed throughout strategic points in Cape Town to plant the seed for a networked community, independent of traditional limitations and overcoming the artifacts of Apartheid urban planning. The system echoes the temporality of these informal communities, acknowledging the collection of resources as not only a necessity but also an opportunity for social activity. The structural and material understanding of the pneumatic is applied at all scales, from wearable storage devices to flying ships, establishing an inventive new material system. As a result of technological advancement, humankind is more nomadic than ever, and we can construct a built environment in tune with our increasingly globalized lifestyles. Rejecting the static and the monumental, this new world reimagines not only the way we live but also the spaces and materials with which we do so. Survival and recreation are not mutually exclusive, and the need for basic resources can be translated into a new image of survivalism - one of flexibility, sustainability, and immense optimism for the future.

 

Skybound Dreamland was completed as part of Intermediate 11 at the Architectural Association in 2015, with guidance from tutors Manuel Collado Arpia, Nacho Martin Asunción, and Manijeh Verghese. The accompanying volume entitled The New Plasticity was awarded the Technical Studies High Pass and was exhibited in London in spring 2015. Skybound Dreamland was exhibited in London and New Orleans in 2015 and 2016, respectively.