Pre-Thesis (Demo-lish)

Yesterday we had options architecture and urbanism research topic presented by an array of MIT faculty and visiting practitioners. I had conceived a project specific to my thesis while back in the good old bay. I was referring to it as Ballast Media, a remediation of aquamarine buoyant trades at the Hunters Point Shipyard. Yesterday, the 5th presentation and second concerning San Francisco, Miho Mezereeuw who is working on the forthcoming book, Preemptive Design: Disaster and Urban Development along the Pacific Ring of Fire presented the Hunters Point Shipyard as the focus of a joint urbanism, architecture, and building technology studio with 10 positions. It sounds like things will be quite in depth and the yearlong thesis now has the front end of 10 brilliant minds. I look forward to our studio trip this spring. Home is where the heart is.

Following is my set up consisting of 5 images and 2 questions.

Title:

BALLAST MEDIA_A case theory of in estruarian habitat and mercantile revitalization.

What is buoyancy?

Aren't we all just pirates?

Aerial View of War Ship construction during war time. 1942

Aerial View of War Ship construction during war time. 1942

The Emergency Shipbuilding Program (late 1940-September 1945) was a United States government effort to quickly build simple cargo ships to carry troops and materiel to allies and foreign theatres duringWorld War II. Run by the U.S. Maritime Commission, the program built almost 6,000 ships

The Emergency Shipbuilding Program (late 1940-September 1945) was a United States government effort to quickly build simple cargo ships to carry troops and materiel to allies and foreign theatres duringWorld War II. Run by the U.S. Maritime Commission, the program built almost 6,000 ships

Decommissioned Navy Fleets

Decommissioned Navy Fleets

That is a lot of floating steel. Can the recycling of this industry provide a stimulus for the vision of a future of micro-manufacturing and ballast media? How do we digest war? How do we remediate habitat? How does water and industry overlap to produce a new hybrid typology of buoyant forces? Lets Float.

That is a lot of floating steel. Can the recycling of this industry provide a stimulus for the vision of a future of micro-manufacturing and ballast media? How do we digest war? How do we remediate habitat? How does water and industry overlap to produce a new hybrid typology of buoyant forces? Lets Float.

Marine ship wrecking in Chittagong, Banglades.

Marine ship wrecking in Chittagong, Banglades.


Quake by the late and forever great Lebbeus Woods proposes a intervention within the friction line fault that is San Francisco

Quake by the late and forever great Lebbeus Woods proposes a intervention within the friction line fault that is San Francisco

Fragmented buoyant vessels. A cartography of capitalism.

Fragmented buoyant vessels. A cartography of capitalism.

Hunters Point Ship Yard. Yes, the crane in the distance build to remove gun turrets. The 4 legged beast is now a historical monument on a radio-active site in South East San Francisco. A mid point between the Markets Street Terminus and Ferry Building and Silicon Valley. 

Hunters Point Ship Yard. Yes, the crane in the distance build to remove gun turrets. The 4 legged beast is now a historical monument on a radio-active site in South East San Francisco. A mid point between the Markets Street Terminus and Ferry Building and Silicon Valley.