Company Townshare // 2012 // Barra de Furado // Professor Neeraj Bhatia
Collaboration: Gretchen Craig, Benjamin Salance
Barra de Furado is the proposed port city for an area off the coast of Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Recognizing the complex ecology of the site, infrastructural necessities for oil logistics and programmatic requirements of the residents, Company Townshare proposes a city plan that accommodates peak oil transportation to a transfer to an ethanol based economy. Using the schedule as a tool to organize the occupation of the town at the scale of the day, season, and year, the city is organized to grow and shrink with the requirements of the economy.
Broken into three timescales design is reevaluated through the demands of the encompassing systems at play. The daily scale focuses on progammatic elements used constantly by workers, the season analyses ecological adjustments, and the long-term plans for population fluctuation as well as a fluid economy. The resulting proposal maintains a dense urbanism that is efficient and elastic over 25 years.