Gaia in Greek mythology is the primordial Earth Goddess; The great mother of all. Mother Nature to our society. The life force of the planet that is embodied by all living things. I use the term because, in many ways the project is just that, a contained microcosm for the world that once was. I say once was because I think of this thesis as a projection into a future; maybe parallel, maybe actual, but most definitely digital. I begin to wonder what is that world like, who lives there, what do they do. Who are these people and what do they need. Is it even possible to live in such extreme environments; an environment that is changing and slowly dying. Gaia is an adapting and changing place. One in which workers or scientists, agriculturalist or doctors live with sparse nature, animals and other beings as the care takers of one another. All elements here exist together to support the life of all the area. To say the building is alive is a bold statements but in a way it is living and is full of life. Gaia is a landmass and feed destination for aviaries, a new water for the aquatic, a skin and exoskeleton for desalination and a new home for all. The interior is partly a green house, a new Eden. The lower tier is for recreation and the upper levels are for observation and living. The building rests on top of several inflatables, allowing the ability to be mobile to find new resources. I would like to say this project speculates on technological systems we use today with hope that these technologies will grow exponentially.
Instructor: Jean Michel Crettaz