ADAPTIVE RESPONSE

The incorporation of learned strategies in answer to apocalyptic level events

This project carries on the design strategy from Analogue Computation and Dynamic Coercion to provide safety and longevity for its inhabitants. The response of the resulting design not only provides spaces for habitation, but elements that directly interact with their environment to provide essentials such as power, oxygen, light, and outdoor spaces. Work from all three projects were collected and presented in a poster called Ready Or Not.

THE SINKING

New Zealand is located on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific plates. Movement of these plates result in several earthquakes large enough to shake the whole country. Christchurch felt this in 2011 and in 2016 Kaikoura experienced some of the strongest earth ruptures in NZ history.

The boundary of these two plates is marked by the Alpine Fault. Very large earthquakes occur along this fault about every 290 years - the last one was in 1717 AD. In 2020 AD, the Alpine Fault and roughly 50 additional smaller faults ruptured and produced the largest earthquake ever recorded. This severely destabilized the country's geographical structure and over the next six months New Zealand sunk beneath the waves.


THE DOOMSDAY COMMUNITY

In the two years before the 2020 earthquake, a doomsday movement quickly grew traction within NZ. They predicted that the inevitable mega-earthquake was imminent and that the country would sink as a result. To deal with this threat,  the Doomsday Community required a haven that could cater to their needs;


 

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This piece of architecture responds to an extreme flooding situation, where an inhabited stretch of land becomes the sea floor. The resulting design is synonymous with the original biotype  because it manages to harness the movement of external forces. This idea of movement allows it to adapt its form and respond to its environment.
 

CLIENT NEEDS:

Escape
(Tunnels)


Protection
(Structure)


Self Reliance - Sustenance, Oxygen, Power
(Platforms, Pod Connection, Cavern Farms)

TYPOLOGY:

Pods
Research Laboratories, Living


Cavern
Social, Living, Farms, Education


Tunnels
To Entry/Exit Pods


Tendrils
Harness tidal power via movement


Platforms
Public outdoor spaces

Cavern/Pod Connection
Provides cavern with oxygen + light

PODS

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CAVERN

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SITE

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PLATFORM

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ADAPTATION

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INHABITATION

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STRUCTURE

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Poster Exhibited at the Architecture & Design Campus of Victoria University of Wellington

JUNE 2019