Networks, Nodes, Flows: Transport Interchanges

From an in-depth engagement with networks, territory, ground and material, visiting March2 studio Castro/Kehne engaged with the massive economic growth and major political and cultural shifts within the Pearl River Delta.

Embracing the immediacy and pragmatism of the task at hand while radically altering the scope through constructing an expanded framework from mapping and indexing the regional context, the students uncovered a whole range of dynamic processes that are acting upon the territory and the overall network such as the displacement of nature and agriculture with industry and urbanisation, the severe challenges to the environment and the conflicts between water systems and infrastructural connectivity.

Social, political, structural, geological, hydrological systems set in relation to the dynamics of growth, transformation flows and exchange formed the basis for an understanding of the rapid urbanisation and the hierarchical nature of large scale transportation systems and other infrastructure.

From here the students uncovered sites that were currently characterized by separation and disjunction or in the process of transformation. The studio worked from the numerical and spatial data to project architecture in the form of nodal and responsive plugins that are radically expanding their own scope to facilitate complex intermeshing with the existing multilayered systems and processes. Strategically acting as catalysts, the proposals were geared towards calibrating the fragile interleaving of man-made and natural formations and to open up new affiliations and performances.