Synesthesia Aqua-Vines

Jiasun Wei

Reassembling the Earth


Jazairy El Hadi


The thesis choreographs the ecological transformation of the ship-breaking yard, over time, envision the post-termination future of labor-free and automation substitution that rebirth an co-habitation - Synesthesia Aqua-Vines. Embracing the argument on how automation and technology would coordinates the design thinking of addressing climate change, what results from the thesis is not a finished shipyard, but rather a celebration of the monolithic nature of material, a growth behavior in the process of its becoming.

ISSUE_ Due to the era of Anthropocene, human have built tons of giant monsters — ships — for resource extraction, and posted reclamation of agricultural land for decommissioned ship parts as a place of ruins. Intensive labor forces are forced to commission for the global economic trade and urban survival on such toxic lands, where composed of vast exposure of chemical pollution, tons of toxin dust, as well as the dominated by rusted machinates, all of which speaks for the nature of ship-dismantling that devastates the habitation for all species in an eco-system.

CALL FOR ACTION_ Only by acknowledging the urban nature of such extra-territorial urban character, can we design for these flows of waste, and resources, and inhabitation that brings back the history, the memory, and the post-termination future through the production of artificial landscape. Industrial revival brings us rusty machines and ruins of land, learning from the biological nature of our earth ecology, we shall re-assemble our habitation.

POST TERMINATION FUTURE_ The evolution of the artificial landscape both represents network foraging in a macro scale and synthesize the intrinsic mechanism of ecological revitalization in microscale. It is artificially built by the technology of automation, in which the pattern intermingles the observed behaviors of proliferation algorithm of plantae and the sophisticated robotic fiber placement techniques utilized within the yachting industries as a symbolic action to ecological growth in the language of architecture. Dismantled metal components are re-manufactured for the construction of the Bio-Cell Lab. Bio-Vine System adapts the natural behavior of “physarealm” to simulate rattan expansion along the existing infrastructure, simulating the form of the ecological growth as a green-tissue for a co-habitation of climbing plantae, animals, insects, microorganism, and aqua-life.