Antarctica:
Re-thinking Paradise
Veech Media Architecture

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Richard Buckminster Fuller

One could argue that Antarctica remains the last bastion of paradise on Earth unaffected by humanity and its destructive forces driven by territorial possessiveness, greed and everlasting quest for dominance. However, providing a merciless evidence of our allegedly civilized presence, it conceals a chance to become a catalyst for a new civilized future.

The existing reality of Antarctic continent makes any conventional models of human habitat obsolete. Even the most radical proposals for developments behind the polar circle are based on existing land-based construction methods leading to environmental stress due to the cost and energy intensive resources required to transport, erect and maintain the primeval shelters.

Whilst visionary in architectural terms, utopian polar projects, such as, “Arctic City” by Frei Otto/Kenzo Tange´s two kilometre in diameter “ideal” pneumatic dome structure driven by nuclear power clearly illustrate the naive and short-sighted reliance on unstable energy sources in master planning urban environments as witnessed in the recent disaster in Fukushima or the lasting scars in Chernobyl.

The project “Migrating Cities” envisions a new model for Antarctic architecture on the cosmic scale inspired by the irreversible technological progress in the field of extra-terrestrial solar energy. Space-Based Solar Power plants (SBSP) will globally revolutionise future master planning interventions through harnessing solar energy power at 32km in space for direct transmission to strategic receiver stations on Earth resolving long-term dependency on fossil fuel consumption.

We imagine a migrating city where the “infrastructure” is a series of mobile energy stations powered by SBSP enabling self-sustainable, offgrid light weight hovering structures free from fixed foundations and rigid network systems. In analogy to migrating birds penguin groups, the architectural airships “migrate” or agglomerate to form larger communities adapting to the hostile environmental conditions.

Authors: Stuart A. Veech, Mascha Veech-Kosmatschof
Project Team: Mihai Potra, Tudor Sabau, Thomas Milly
© Stuart A. Veech & Mascha Veech-Kosmatschof
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Antarctica:
Re-thinking Paradise