Jing Qiao

Troy X: The Megaronopolis

Architectural Association

This project investigates and experiments on megaron as a building module, which is duplicated to form a horizontal city that combines living and infrastructure.

Megaron, called by Homer, was a hall in an ancient Greek house, or a room in a temple. It was the earliest house found at Troy’s first settlement. Megaron was understood and valued for its integration of living and working. There are five types of megarons producing five catalogue houses, which expand from nuclear family living to multi-generational living. One megaron as a building module holds 10 residents. There are 10,000 megarons distributed on the city grid for 100,000 people. The city has a point grid to define the location of megarons and a line grid, which defines the corresponding private plots. Public space is owned and provided by private plots. Megarons become immaterial structures for public space. There are local, urban and regional structures that control the city and growth. In neighbourhoods, domestic plants are exchanged as currency; urban programmes are decentralized. Energy supply from 100 decentralized biogass CHP plants becomes urban structure that controls the city growth. Public building types create the structure in the regional context addressing functions of defense, religion and service. The city has a maximum settlement of 10,000 megarons fully occupied on the hill of Hisarlik. In this city, contemporary roads, national grids, central power station and the State have been replaced. The city is constructed and represented by the ordinary and the local identity.

Architectural Association DIPLOMA 3
Unit Advisors
Max Fordham
Hilary Koob-Sassen
Lesley MacFadyen

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