My thesis is defended. I had an exceptionally difficult time and taking a look at what I produced, after a three week, post defense detox, I still feel as though it is unresolved. A sad thought but not an entirely hopeless one - I have already spied an upcoming competition that will allow me to explore my thesis further.
So here it was -
This thesis intends to learn from Lagos’ “publiccongestion” infrastructures to create a new architectural typology: The drive through market, an intensification of the interchange market phenomenon.
Lagos is a modern third world megacity in a rapidly urbanizing world. Seventy per cent of its economy is grounded on unregulated markets. In anticipation of the future densification of the megalopolis, its transportation infrastructure will be atomized to facilitate an unprecedented magnitude of collective inhabitation.
So this became my thesis - accommodating a space for trade and transactions on an infrastructural scale.
The thesis jury included Sarah Whiting, Geof Manaugh, Nadar Tehrani and Albert Pope. I posed as a retail unit sails representative from the year 2020.In 2020, these conduits carry thousands of people traversing the urban plane daily. They accumulate into a public realm of hyper congestion. The drive through market typology emerges from these zones of staccato flow, accommodating the multitude of transient consumers. The atomized structure was called ' Calatrava-esque' and the attempt to discuss the project from the perspective of a hyper- capitalist future, where these traffic freeway-scapes are being throughly exploited for profit, was unappreciated.
I was not entirely phased though. I have heard the Calatrava comparison to my work even before I began architecture school. This thesis is concerned with issues of urban density and public space. The project suggests a site where public space may emerge in the future megalopolis, cities such as Houston, London, Tokyo, Miami etc. The freeway network is already the new public space of many modern American cities, it's scale dwarfing other built structures. As these cities grow and densify the appropriation of these vast structures for transient activities (formal and informal) will become more common place.