The Thesis is intended to expose the role of architecture in redefining the relationship between energy, nature and the city. Today buildings account for some 40% of global energy use. But architecture may become a force towards a productive, rather than destructive excess of energy. An opportunity arises to reinstate the civic presence of energy by creating urban conditions where this is expressed.
Lake Zurich has been identified as a testing site in which to propose a new architectural and landscape intervention. The programme combines two distinct aspects of the city, energy infrastructure and recreation, creating a new paradigm for urban space: Architecture becomes a medium, expressing a relationship between natural sources, energy production and energy consumption in the city, at both a landscape and building scale.