Russian architect Alexander Remizov exemplifies the brilliant use of strategic design to create a realistic vision of a better future. During his education at Moscow Architectural Institute, Alexander became interested in structures that are environmentally sustainable and safe. Post graduation he explored his interest even further. He believes intelligent architecture has two purposes: the first purpose is to shield humans from the harsh environments that they live in, and second purpose is to shield environments from human abuses.
His project “Ark” aligns these two purposes through strategic design. The “Ark” is a completely self-sustaining structure, built from natural and environmentally friendly materials. The organic shape of the structure allows for maximum use of energy and as Alexander explains “the building makes a single energy system.” From self cleaning Ethyl Tetra Fluoro Ethylene roof that envelopes 180 degrees of the structure, and allow for maximum Sun exposure, to timber used within the structure, materials for the “Ark” are meant to marry human living spaces with the natural environments.
Additionally, The “Ark” can be constructed in any environment. Alexander envisioned his solution to be used in places of harsh environmental disasters. He also created a version of the “Ark” that can flow in the oceans. This sort of structural flexibility makes the “Ark” an optimal solution for future human settlements.
Recently, I wrote on a piece of paper that design is the ultimate warrior of the future. Alexander’s “Ark” is a perfect example of how design truly fights for a future that is more intelligent, more conscious, and overall more in sync with the environment we occupy.
I would love to see what you think. How does design help in the evolution of societies?