Field 1. Part 4: The Final.

The Final piece, a cross section of an underwater station, showing a diver prepping for an excursion outside. Surrounding the dome are various other forms of coral and different structures, as well as a myriad of marine life.
The Final piece, a cross section of an underwater station, showing a diver prepping for an excursion outside. Surrounding the dome are various other forms of coral and different structures, as well as a myriad of marine life.
The Diver, shown here checking his pressure gauge, holding a lantern. His helmet is set on a pedestal ready for him to don, and a utility hatchet hangs on the same wall, used not to kill things intentionally but rather as a tool, something used to fix a problem, should the need for abit of brute force be required. Better to have the gear and not use it than to not have the gear when you need it.
The Diver, shown here checking his pressure gauge, holding a lantern. His helmet is set on a pedestal ready for him to don, and a utility hatchet hangs on the same wall, used not to kill things intentionally but rather as a tool, something used to fix a problem, should the need for abit of brute force be required. Better to have the gear and not use it than to not have the gear when you need it.
A communications center, set in a larger coral some distance behind the cross-section. Facing away from the building is a large sonar array, essential for tracking diver's movements under the waves.
A communications center, set in a larger coral some distance behind the cross-section. Facing away from the building is a large sonar array, essential for tracking diver’s movements under the waves.
Branching sections of the station fade into the background, as colleagues research and toil, their silhouettes just visible behind the view ports of the compartments. Various professionals share the center, each specializing in specific fields relevant to underwater research. Some are engineers or dive officers, seeing to the maintenance and care of the station's systems, others are scientists, geographers, geologists and biologists, researching the environment around them and the organisms that dwell within it.
Branching sections of the station fade into the background, as colleagues research and toil, their silhouettes just visible behind the view ports of the compartments. Various professionals share the center, each specializing in specific fields relevant to underwater research. Some are engineers or dive officers, seeing to the maintenance and care of the station’s systems, others are scientists, geographers, geologists and biologists, researching the environment around them and the organisms that dwell within it.

 

Relating the final piece back to the theme of The City: Power and Technology. In earlier writings I had said that my definition of a city was as an artificial environment, which people live and work in, and try to survive. The Diver, and his colleagues, their environment and the stations they live in show this.

The stations are an artificially created environment (with a little help from the natural world) in which people, are able to live, work and survive in. But this goes past what we already know. I wanted to Illustrate an ideal place, where people aren’t just working for themselves and their own survival, but where they work to unravel the mysteries of our planet, to delve into the depths to better understand the world we live in. Not to exploit it, but to work towards preserving, understanding and protecting it, by means of scientific advancement and new frontiers of discovery. The worlds oceans cover over 70% of our planets surface. In the words of Fabien Cousteau,

“We should call our planet Ocean. A small orb floating in the endless darkness of space, it is a beacon of life in the otherwise forbidding cold of the endless Universe. Against all odds, it is also the Petri dish from which all life known to us springs.”

Through the course of this project I wanted to Illustrate future possible cities, and what they might look like with the advancement of technology, by using the power of our imagination, ambition and curiosity; our need to explore, while co-existing with the natural world which, ultimately, we all came from, and all the while striving to protect and understand the world in which we live in.

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