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Emerging Systems, Technologies & Media Post Professional Program




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Blossoming River Bank

Students: Somayyeh Ramezani, Mehrzad Rafeei
Studio Title: Gow-Vertical SP2012 – The Imbalancing Act of Entropic Architecture
Instructor: Marcelyn Gow


Our project aims to augment the Los Angeles River bank and its vegetation. We are using the water from the river as an element in concert with a pattern that stems from an exploratory drawing. In the areas adjacent to the site the pattern takes on a two dimensional graphic quality stitching the neighborhood together. When the pattern reaches the site it thickens to accommodate an irrigation system. The thickened pattern also services the hydroponics system as well as the structure for the intervention. Hydroponics is a cultivation method that allows the growth of plants without soil. Our system senses when the roots of the plants are in need of water, triggering a release of fine nutrient rich mist. The arrangement of the plants is according to their exposure needs. Plants that enjoy lots of light are located on the upper level and plants that like more shade are located below.
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SCI-Arc's ESTm Master program is a rigorous, experimental post-professional degree platform focused on data-based and physical investigations into the rapidly evolving fields of digital design, innovative fabrication methodologies and new building systems.


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