Yi Wang

Re - For Rest

Class of: 2024

Major: Communication Design BFA

Medium: Digital form (use Shapr3D) / Google Slide

Faculty: Barbara Friedman

Prompt: Rem Koolhaas's Countryside exhibition at Guggenheim Museum inspires our bridge 2 assignment. The exhibition addresses radical changes ongoing in the countryside worldwide, displaying a genuinely new definition of unprecedented rural innovation. The exhibition is distributed in six different levels inside the museum, delivering various futuristic countryside perspectives from historical, ecological, and political to experimental, protective, and futuristic. Bridge 2_Context and Investigation: "Countryside, the Future" is to let each student explore and investigate their neighborhood, then to come up with a problem related to environmental, political, and socioeconomic. The  final presentation of this project is a design prototype. Along with the visual design, we also need to answer two questions: 1. What do you feel is the neighborhood's biggest problem? - define the problem; 2. How can you envision a better future? - Benefit of the design.

The problem I focused on deaccelerating climate changes. My neighborhood is full of buildings and nicely done artificial gardens. Then, I started to think – was there a forest before?

Earth has changed since humans “robbed” natural resources. The imbalance of ecology we created has caused the disappearance of woods worldwide, which directly resulted in climate change and endangered human beings. Besides planting real trees, humans have to find a more efficient method to decelerate environmental degradation. The building I designed is made of unpoisoned recycled plastic and covers with special greens all over, which could absorb CO2 and produce O2 – to make buildings acting like real trees (saving Earth’s biological diversity and balance). And, as more and more “Re- For Rest” mimic trees’ existences and even functions, we are rebuilding our planet in another way, a more efficient and practical way!