ALL ROADS LEAD TO CHINA
An ever increasing threat amongst current world order is the ever increasing influence of China. In the years since the Mao reign its economy has developed tenfold and it is now making plans to solidify itself as the leading power on the planet. China's economy has grown so fast for so long now that it is easy to forget how unlikely this metamorphosis into a global powerhouse was. The world thought it would change China However China's success has been so spectacular that it has changed the world.
After centuries of weakness and isolation. China is reclaiming what its leaders regard as its natural destiny - supremacy in Asia and respect around the planet. In 2013, President Xi released plans for China to initiate an ambitious plan named the Belt & Road Initiative.
China is attempting to re-route global trade with itself at the heart. It is focusing its attention on 6 economic corridors. There is potential for a vast global network with new infrastructure, new employment and new industry which will improve its geopolitical and socio-economic position within the World's governing bodies. It is focusing its attention on the world's developing nations.
While the Belt & Road Initiative offers infrastructure projects to help develop nations, it is a part of a wider vision. China intention is to progressively transition the architecture of International Relations from the declining 'unipolar world order' to the emerging 'multipolar world order through infrastructural development that collectively redirect global strategic gravity from the west to the east.
A poignant question to ask is what does this mean for both the people of China and the World? How will these events and these projects shape the world's landscape? What will the future of the Belt and Road Initiative look like and how will it be presented through architecture?
This proposal presents itself as an ornamentation of the Belt & Road Initiative and a potential hyperbole of China's vision. The proposal is a self-sufficient water-based settlement centred around infrastructure which incorporates an embassy, a port and energy based structures. The architecture intends to press its will on the cities where it situated taking control over time as China looks to reach its end goal redirecting trade and power through its nation.
THE FLOATING REPUBLIC OF CHINA \\ ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PROJECT