Mechanical City | Beijing | MArch GAD | 2011
Awarded Distinction in Design
The Reincarnation of Atlantis
Initially the legend of Atlantis is used as a tactic to explore the birth and death of city. The process of Atlantis’s life is similar to the decline of old China and rebirth of new China. In this situation, China and Atlantis break the wall of time and space and lay over together. This is also a process of reincarnation.
When we focus on the society layer to read a city, we can find many narrative elements, such as history, culture and symbol. These researches help to find another way to describe a city. Firstly to explore the city’s different elements as well as the relationship between them, and then extract them. These elements include government, industry, media, education, city construction and so on. This is the process of deconstruction of the city. Following on from which a narrative method is employed to represent the changing processes of the city, using mechanical language to materialise the social system and to express the connection between different elements. This is the process of the reconstruction of the city. Through these two processes, the city can be re-systemized by another design language and a “new” city can emerge. The project is a process of collapse and reformation.