Pratt Institute - GAUD - Architecture and Urban Design Studio - David Ruy - 2014
east river . URBAN ECOLOGY . new york
The final purpose of this prototype is to get a much more direct relationship between the city and the river through a sustainable and efficient way of living.
Explores new ways of designing, creates relationships between nature and technology.
This model had the same research work that the project would potentially confront with the new ecology that is planned to grow in it. Some parts of the model were carefully designed and planned using 3d computer modeling, later on, they were translated into a real object through computerized machines, like CNC.
Taking the opposite direction, the plants, which were alive, were carefully planted at first, using no technology at all and treating them as a sculpture.
There was a small amount of artificial plants mixed in the ecosystem, to magnify the relationships between living and inert matter and maximize the idea of a non-hierarchy system based on connections.
During the final stage the vegetation was left alone, so it could grow and develop by it self.
Each plant needed a different treatment and care, moisture, light and/or soil. This was a prototype of the possible real situation, where technology, design and different living and non-living entities interact.