Cities For All

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Tomorrowland

Zifan Zhu, Run Liang, Yunyang Li
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The project is situated in Tripoli, Libya. Through the spaces of a “utopian” architecture built upon an offshore oil platform, we intend to satirize the slave trade, as well as revealing the cyclical phenomenon of the rights battle in Libya. The storyline within Tomorrowland talks about the hopeful refugees entering a factory that advocates equality to change their fate, but eventually they found out the indispensable truth that hunting them — the polarization among each class, and the omnipresence of a controlling & surveilling system. 

Inspired by Michal Foucault’s theory of discipline and punishment, and theory of panoramic open-view prison from Jeremy Bentham, we translated the circular compassion to our design, and divide the outer doughnut-shaped building as the habitable space, but only for junior to the senior employee. Meanwhile, the inner core of the architecture is designated as the office space, entertainment space, etc. Tomorrowland is inscribed with the controlling and surveilling idea. In the inner space of the transmission area, the regulation center is hidden inside allowing regulators to monitor refugees’ every move. Therefore, if vocations are caused by any refugee, they will be escorted to the penalizing unit beneath the regulation center. 

With the connotation from the space, it signifies the tragic ending of the story, where the refugees cannot escape their destiny, even their committed themselves to work harder, they still resembled a small piece in the game. Overall, our intention of this project is to investigate the idea of architecture’s potential touch with ourselves, our society, and our environment. Through the language of architecture, we extend its implication beyond common sense, concerning a broader context that is naturally inherited in architectural theory and design proactive, is at the core of humanity, culture, society, and environment relations.

architecture
immigrants, social justice
building
Libya