Altered Carbon

Students | Nikhil Sanghvi, Donghan Kang
Faculty | Ferda Kolatan, Emilija Landsbergis
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

Fossil fuels vehicles have brought the planet on the brink of collapse. Our project, Altered Carbon, is set in a speculative future scenario where fossil fuel vehicles have been replaced by autonomous electric vehicles. The project reimagines public spaces and explores the possibility of reducing the amount of carbon in the environment by employing carbon sequestration, a technique used to extract carbon from the atmosphere, to develop glossy monolithic landscapes.

Ever changing carbon garden
An ecosystem of machines which together perform a ‘ballet’ where some of the machines form, carve and sculpt the carbon deposits in the garden, while the autonomous vehicles zip by the streets. Humans, though mostly tangential, can experience this ever changing and dynamic landscape, where chronological elements and technologies are co-present.
A chunk view of the carbon garden
The project experimented with material and texture studies to create textures mimicking carbon rocks and to develop geometrical surfaces for the gardens. The project also looked at the potentials and limitations of the machinic technology carving the carbon rocks and overlaid them on the textures obtained through material studies.
A chunk view of the Hall street, reimagining the public spaces as carbon landscapes.
Textures obtained through material studies overlaid on the surface geometry for the garden.
The potentials and constraints of sculpting machines overlaid on the carbon geometry.
The everchanging carbon garden two.
A pictorial representation of a machine sculpting the carbon surface.