OXYGEN
SUMMER SEMESTER 2021
The semester topic focused on the future of urban interconnectivity and air mobility while recreating or rebuilding existing airports.


HANEDA 21.2
Haneda 21.2 proposes a new transport typology that creates a performative system of moving people and cargo through a highly efficient network. The transport hub is in constant flux by incorporating security and passport control into the moving pods to reduce any areas of congestion. The introduction of 3 exchanges from air to sea to land transport systems means the hub operates highly efficient transfer junctions from local to global destinations.

By utilising emerging technology in the form of Vertical Take off Air vehicles, Short Track air take off runways and Hyperloop the new Transport hub will create a highly efficient moving system of people and cargo. Storage towers for the cargo will relieve industrial land on the periphery of the bay, allowing for new urban development in a city projected to reach upwards of 30million inhabitants in the next 20 years.



Project by:
Qian Yu
Joseph Cook
Alexandra Terekhova
FUTURE TRACES
Future Traces is a proposal for Fiumicino Airport, which aims to dissolve the inward looking nature of today's airports and find a more peaceful and culturally productive coexistence with their surroundings.

The masterplan creates new urbanist links between the airport, the ancient ruins of Portus and the surrounding residential communities. Simultaneously, the development houses intricate water distribution infrastructure, providing flood protection to the shoreline communities. The water, flowing continuously through the site, is used for a wide variety of environmental and cultural programmes, superimposed onto the existing airport network. This composition aims to define the airport of the future, not through the optimisation of its technology, but through the value of its spaces humanistically.

Project by:
Sarah Agill
Raffael Stegfellner
Shpend Pashtriku
YGGDRASIL
The Future of Interconnectivity
Just like the Yggdrasil tree, the project aims at becoming a tool for organising and bringing
together different worlds, more specifically different transport infrastructures. At the same time, it
is a critique and a reaction to the obsoletion of the airport typology as we currently know it.
The ambition is to work with pollution as an unavoidable byproduct of air travel and integrate it
with our architecture as such.

The proposal wishes to become a gate figure for the city; a threshold element that is informed
by far more than the functional aspects of air travel.

Project by:
Witchaya Jingjit
Patricia Tibu
Anastasia Smirnova
Simonas Sutkus

PARADIGM COMPOSTITION
Compostition denies the existence of the end. Materials and constructions create a structure that lives with time. There is the need for its future destruction, the composting of its remnants to give rise to a new, better life.

The incompleteness opens up freedom, the bravery to make mistakes and change. These are the attributes of the sustainable world of the future. The future airport will become a self-adaptive ecosystem that responds to environmental and social demands by re-distribution, reshaping or destruction and re-use of the actual facilities. Railway networks along hyperloop and airships provide the new traffic system.

Project by:
Arkadii Zavialov
Miriam Löscher
De Stekels Aeropolis
The new Aeropolis built on the shallows of De Stekels aims to be a new satellite expansion of Schiphol Airport in the North Sea. Building on Amsterdam's innovative relationship to water, it allows the city to continue growing, no longer limited by land area.

Combining emerging hyperloop and port technology, the new landscape relieves the heavily trafficked port areas of Rotterdam and Amsterdam by becoming a new loading dock for the liquid bulk import and export. Being a new typology of artificial landscape, it brings people closer to one of the least explored parts of our world - the ocean - while creating a new marine environment through it's geometry and sub-sea topography. Powered by electric lagoons, the Aeropolis is self-sufficient, relying on tidal energy, utilising it's marine position.

Project by:
Alejandro Estrella
Elizaveta Karpacheva
Emma Sanson
BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL
As much as technology is here with us to stay and change our lives every day, we should figure out technological progress with the human condition. Beyond Smart Cities. Beyond Technology. To be about the city that's human, as well as technological. Human, in the context of our project stands for the identity of the Lebanese people. By taking a crucial element to Lebanon, the city's gateway, and morphing it into a vital urban organism that provides Oxygen on multiple fronts. Our goal of the project is to provide this place with a catalyst for change, while providing this sense of
awakening for the upcoming future in which they're grounded, nurtured, and evolved. It is not just urbanism, or nature vs urbanism, but a confluence of them into a position of the future. At the end, the goal of this project stretches beyond the ambition of revitalizing the country's infrastructure and transportation setup, but suggests a foreseeing Cultural Paradigm Shift by oxygenating multiple key factors at stake, be it Beirut's Nature, Culture, and Infrastructure.

Project by:
Alec Melkonian
Gaowei Zhou
METAir
CDG is one of the busiest airports in Europe. In 2021 was declared as the largest airport in France - but it can't grow bigger and bigger every year. So, what is it going to look like in the Future?
Analyzing today's emergencies we come up with the discourse that Horizontal airport and horizontal transportations in general are not the best option - it must be changed.
For instance, Now passenger drones are a fresh groundbreaking concept on a pretty developed stage. The system looks very promising. However the proposed airport concept mostly considers the organization system so aircrafts can be changed.
Transportations is the Oxygen for humankind.
That is why we extended the Air Mobility System also into the city, on a smaller scale. For people to use on a daily basis: Inner Mobility works around the City and Suburban areas when Inter Mobility works around the county and further.

Project by:
Kyryll Dmytrenko
Zhiyi Zhang



IMPLEXUM
Plug_in_Schipol
This project was driven under the assumption of moving Schiphol airport to the sea. By tracing the existing humanistic phenomena existing within the airport's vicinity to respond to a programmatic necessity for the project while The infrastructural remains of the existing airport as a starting point, the core idea was to develop a system platform that can be accommodated by the airport's landscape and adopted by the humans.

Taking some inspiration from the dutch structural movement and the language of Van Eyck, to work in a plug-in system platform that can be fitted with numerous programs.

The system blurs the boundaries between the distinct programs that coexist within the system as interconnectivity is promoted on different levels and proximities which enables the system to work as a unit.


Project by:
Adham Sinan

FRAME
An Open-ended Quest for the Lacanian Objet Petit A
The project is an effort toward reverting the unilateral objectifying relationship of the Lacanian big Other ( other with the capital O) or as described in the Foucauldian discourse, the institutes of power, with the public in order to democratize the space by transforming the Lacanian anchoring points which are the skyscrapers of the midtown Manhattan or in other words, the stable moments of signification into masses' observation object through the reinterpretation of the Rocaille frames.
Resembling the underlying logic of the grid to the Lacanian realm of the Symbolic, classical ornamentation could be described as the opaque domain of suspension among the psychic realms of the Symbolic and the Real due to its representative nature which could be argued as the constant process of symbolization.

Pre-diploma project by:
Kaveh Chehri