Power struggle: Explorations of a new autonomy
Master of Architecture
We have lost the war with energy. Our post World War II dream of a suburban utopia based on cheap abundant energy is dead and has been rendered unsustainable. We have created a vast territory of simulated autonomy. This territory, still tethered to our energy networks, is a relentless swath of meandering streets flanked by banal serial repetitions of roof and shell stuffed with the latest inventions of modern electric living. Designed with a seemingly unlimited energy supply, the paper-thin structures have zero regard for efficiency, orientation, or even climatic region. They manifest themselves to be nothing more than a nuclear semi-hermetically sealed environment. What is the future? The future of this territory is the reality of the post-war of energy and the creation of a new real autonomy. The architecture of energy will be based on responsiveness to its environment, its adaptability during times of crisis, its ability to become and produce energy (stored and potential), and its severed ties to the existing network. Welcome home.