Settling the Nomads

Support Structures

Related Staff : Joshua Bolchover

Teaching Assistant: Ben Hayes

MArch 1 Design Studio

The studio agenda is to design innovative support structures to enable Mongolia’s Ger districts to evolve into viable urban settlements. We will design the city from the inside-out. Starting with augmenting the basic unit of habitation – the traditional Ger tent – we will then challenge the existing plot boundary and explore its potential as an architectural and infrastructural device. We will work back and forth between scales; from the plot, to the cluster, to the district, to devise an incremental strategy that demonstrates how the Ger districts can evolve over time.

The exacting limitations of the site such as climate, materials, and affordability will test our design ingenuity. Projects will have to intersect knowledge between architecture, fabrication, technology and strategic urban thinking.

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