Fables of undiscovered cities
Author(s)Bao, Jie, S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
Rafael (Rafi) Segal.
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"Space... The final frontier... These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds... To seek out new life; new civilizations... To boldly go where no one has gone before!" -- Jean-Luc Picard, Captain, Starship Enterprise; NCC-1701D. Humans have always felt a primordial urge to explore - to blaze new trails, to map new lands, and to ask profound questions about ourselves. The intangible desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been make us who we are and what we will become - the voyage of discovery consists not only in seeking new landscapes, but also in having new eyes: the acquiring of an external standard of criticism that incites the journey of self-discovery and self-reflection. By opening a new world, we rediscover the old. As the discipline of urban design developed, designers engaged disciplines assisted by numerous technologies and applications. We have ambitions to digitize and analyze every corner of our existing world, however, in grasping the world more precisely and effectively, we are giving up the possibility of obscurity and the unknown. This thesis is a voyage aiming at the exploration of new possibilities of urban entities: the creation of a series of 'undiscovered' dream worlds in order to rediscover the features of the real world we 'think' we inhabit. These alternative dream worlds are designed not only to expose, engage and open our eyes and minds, but also to evoke critical thinking and reflection on existing urban problems and urban structures of our present world. Stories and drawings are used to materialize those fictitious cities. The more convincing and detailed those cities appears, the more observations and analysis could be applied and further developed. And by doing so, readers are invited to start their own adventures in those "undiscovered" territories.
Thesis: S.M. in Architecture Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, 2017.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 107).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Architecture.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology