Tilong Fu (M.Sc. with Distinction)

Rita Roesch (M.Arch.)

Yufeng Zhai (M.Arch.)

2017 – 18


Human activity and climate change have caused desertification across the globe, many of these areas spawn new architectural strategies for adaptation to the extreme climate. This research interrogates the new ‘plastic revolution’ of Almeria, to examine both advantages and disadvantages of the horticulture production model, and its economic and environmental impact.

In Situ Synergy explores the necessities in the area on various scales, to derive integrated strategies for improving current human needs, and the horticulture industry in Almeria. By exploring the overlap between biomimetics and pneumatic architecture, the strategies will feature rapid light-weight assembly, climatically responsive hydro and thermally integrated farming systems, to sustain food production in arid conditions.

Various generative design strategies such as Genetic algorithms and Fluid dynamics will be employed in the design process. Furthermore, a synthesized urban design integrates greenhouse and migrant worker settlements to address human needs. Low tech social housing fabrication strategy aims to facilitate settlements from temporary to permanent transition.