I WANT YOUR ROOF

In 2043, London will be a flooded city. The ground level will be lost and the city will have to move their public space up to the roof. For 3 weeks, our unit at the AA Summer School deeply observed and analyzed the way in which people occupy their public space. Our site was the AA roof, and our medium was film. Through film, we observed how people in London use and feel the space around them and thought about the architecture of public space. The final product is a joint work of our own future roof scenarios of a flooded London.

Fishing Art (above)

Partner: Aaradhana Aiyappa

The bottom layer of this post-flood fiction contains remnants of a past London. There is poverty, filth, and suffering; the remaining culture that surrounds them serve as a painful reminder of an era that was peaceful, appreciate... and less wet. On the roof of the lower class is an upper class forming an entirely new urban layer above the existing, flooded city. Those living here have become completely swallowed by technology. They have looked so far into the future that they have no memory of the past. They have no sense of heritage. Added to the upper class is a new unit, a market and museum. The roof market contains only fish, the last remaining source of food, caught by the fishermen who live in the lower society by the water. The fishermen not only bring up fish to trade, but also the remaining art from their community to display on the roof. These people use a vertical tube system to transport the fish and art up to the market before plugging in their crates of fish into a sophisticated grid-like structure. They bring up the art from the lower society in an effort to educate and cure the cultural blindness of the upper society. Having been a witness of both the lower class and the upper class, the fishermen see their roof market as a platform for economic and cultural trade.