Portfolio Project Detail

Nucleoucity Mahdiar Ghaffarianhoseini, Hannah Gibson, Avnish Flora, and Anna Viren

Since its conception London has survived numerous shocks and stressors such as plagues and fires, these have all helped redefine and strengthen the evolution of the city. What has continued to remain? The unique and authentic identity that is London, its DNA.

Biology is still one of the strongest guides for systems to follow, here we show its relevance from the cell, to the human and extended through to the building and city scale.

This project highlights the importance of reigniting and preserving portions of London’s strongest qualities, which we define as its DNA. We believe its DNA is comprised of its social and historical capital that best represent and support its truly unique and local stakeholders.

The Nucleoucity proposes an innovative business model that provides a resilient system that feeds back into the city both economic and social support. It does this by forming a passive and active framework for each individual building. Each building site has the opportunity to elevate upon London’s existing rich cultural and historic presence through its innovative architecture and financial, social and human capital mechanisms.

This new model of design allows the architecture to be the direct manifestation of human and social capital. Its form and size is a direct representation of the value invested into it. No longer will the skyline of London be defined by its global hedge funds and financial district but by the power that people assign to it.

Our future city looks towards the decentralization of homogenous global franchises and aims to create smaller 400m walkshed radiuses. These self-sustaining nucleus’s are resilient to future economic or environmental threats because they rely on multiple forms of passive and active capital to survive.

The Nucleoucity protects its inhabitants from social, economic and environmental shocks and stressors, the five largest shocks and stressors this project focusses in build adversity to are; business closure, market instability, disease, mental health degradation, water scarcity and blackouts.

We have watched and learned that certain uses are interchangeable, the recent pandemic has illustrated how office spaces have become obsolete, while highlighting the importance in preserving spaces that provide opportunity for human connection and relations. These uses are pivotal for enabling mental health well-being, inclusion and resilience.

The green strategy for the project utilizes a series of technologies to provide clean energy and a renewable water source for the building and the city. In the face of adversity (power outages, extreme weather events, this building will be able to be self-sustained.