Author: Lily Peet-Martel

Mar Master Plan

 

Details:

My Utopia is centered around the retaking of land for the purpose of restoring equality. The space I chose to rebuild into a utopia is currently Valparaiso Chile. The focus of this mater plan is mostly on the area near to the water. My Utopia has two public beaches and two public parks near the water. There are train tracks the run behind the beach an in front of the park. The train that runs along the coast is for distribution of goods. On the beach and in the parks I’ve put meditation gardens. Along this coastline there is a port which imports goods from around the world and exports what we have in plenty of which is fruits and vegetables, and seafood, as well as copper, wood, and paper. Behind the parks and industrial area is an avenue where most people in the city come for their basic everyday material needs and activities. Along the avenue there are two healing centers, two spiritual centers, two restaurants, six markets, three communal kitchens, a public shelter, and my Monument to Knowledge:

  • Healing Center – A space where anyone regardless of insurance policy or citizenship status can be seen by an educated professional about a medical issue.
  • Spiritual Center – A safe space where anyone regardless of religious affiliation/spiritual connection may come to pray or meditate
  • Restaurant – A health conscious restaurant located close to the markets and communal kitchens to avoid a spatial disconnect from those who can go out to eat versus those who can only afford to make their own food.
  • Communal kitchens – Building with multiple kitchen areas where anyone can make food in the space for free and perhaps eat it across the street at the park etc.
  • Markets – From fruits and vegetables to meats/seafood and baked goods to basic necessities like toothpaste and shampoo.
  • Public Shelter – A safe space for any individual to spend the night comfortably.
  • Walking Bridges – These walking bridges are durable; made almost entirely out of metal. The steps will have panels of white wood which is cool to the touch of bare feet. These bridges allow members of this community to step off the grass in the park and step into the warm beach sand.
  • Currently there is mostly large industrial and/or corporate buildings that are all at least 4 to five stories tall. Because of the way that they block the view of the water for the people who work centrally and some residents who live closer to the water, the buildings need to be replaced by these one story functional and accessible buildings. I am planning out this area near the water to not block any views of residents by making the first few rows of blocks to only have one story buildings. Also, currently there is limited access to the beach and few other public spaces which is what aim to fix by including the public beaches and parks.

Connections:

  • Located the west coast of South America, Mar is known for trade by means of the functioning port and train. We export fruits and vegetables, seafood, even copper, wood, and paper from the port. The train that runs along the coast also diverges to Santiago (a popular tourist destination and the largest city in Chile).

 

Index table:

MG – Meditation garden

IIIII – Walking bridge

MTK – Monument to Knowledge

Mar: Espacio igualdad

Timeline:

2018 – The founding of Mar by an indigenous tribe

2020 – Colonial powers try tear down the government and destroy lands, however, they are fought off by the tribe who claim their “rights to homeland, freedom, and equality” in the name of their God, the sun.

2025 – They have recovered from the damage done by intruders and strengthened their defense system and passed a law allowing immigrants to receive the same treatment as members of the tribe

2090 – The community is politically stable (members of government still mostly tribal members) and not economically reliant on any state but their own.

3000 – The city flourishes with multiple generations of indigenous and immigrant families living in peace with one another because of their equal opportunity for involvement in governing and teaching.

 

Socio-Economics: Located on the hills of Mar Chile, my utopia looks out over the Pacific. Almost every home has this view and access to the beach. The landscape itself promotes equality by being able to afford almost everyone a view of the beach. This is the goal of my utopia; to ensure everyone access to proper and comprehensive education, an income that can provide for the members of the household, and access to the services that the city provides to ALL citizens.

The citizens must be educated for no cost to themselves or their family. Starting in kindergarten, continuing through high-school and college, education is free. The schools can group the children by the district without worrying about creating schools only for the poor or rich because everyone is almost economically equal in this society. Without the 1% dominating private education and its resources, everyone pays taxes that partly go into education; creating a safe, productive, and fun place to learn. The schools have no uniforms, which usually created a sense of equality that prevents students from being made fun of for having ripped or dirty clothes, that signify their family is low income. I appreciate the use of uniforms in schools, especially for elementary and middle school. However, I’d like to preserve equality in other ways and allow the schools to permit students to wear almost whatever they please so that the students may find, create, and share/express their individuality with clothes. Every school, until 11th grade, teaches the same subjects that are intended to be universally applicable and a good foundation for what the child chooses to study in the future. In 11th grade, the student has the opportunity to create a focal point for the rest of their time in high-school. Though, they may change paths once they get to college. The colleges in my utopia would all be prestigious institutions respected for their commitment to showing the youth how to be equal and maintain equality in a society. Creating and preserving equality will be the main goal of every adult in Mar, so the education system must promote ways to ensure the equal treatment of all its students/the citizens of the city.

A family’s income is always sufficient to sustain the individuals of the household. Raises are given to workers when they or their significant other has a child. Those who work jobs like construction or dishwashers at a restaurant will be paid for the hours they work. I cannot guarantee that no one will have to work jobs like that. The education system allows students to follow a path that if fully engaged in, will open up opportunities to work intellectually versus physically. Although jobs go quickly like in any other changing economy, those who are educated can find a job that allows them to use their intellect (teaching or governing). Others who cannot find these jobs often choose to outside the city for work/adventure. Not everyone has to stay in this utopia and contribute to it in order to receive a free education. Immigrants have the same right to education as anyone who lives in Mar.

 

 

 

MY HOME

My utopian family relies on a common goal which is maintaining and making use of the safe space to grow the individual. The emphasis is on supporting the development of each member so that everyone may continue into the rest of life knowing moral behavior and cooperation. My utopian family is loosely based on blood relation but relies on the effort and cooperation of the family members for its stability. This family is made up of two parents and at least two children. The two parents share the role of the primary caretakers of the family while the children support them in those roles through cooperation and use of their own skills to do things for themselves. The parents support the children in learning necessary skills like cooking, cleaning, plumbing, driving, etc., as a part of this process of growth that the family mutually supports each other in. Other people (children or adults) may be brought in if agreed upon by all members of the family(not only the parents). It is important that all the family members are willing to play a part in nurturing, teaching, and encouraging that new person. The family holds itself together with solid relationships and cooperative care in order to build good moral behavior. However, familial love is not unconditional and my model of the ideal family does not deny that. Members of the family are bound to leave due to the natural occurrence of dispute and argument leading to broken relationships or unsafe and immoral behavior. Family members leave and come back, this is the natural state of the family and the home. The GOAL of my utopian family is to minimize that issue by creating a safe space that facilitates good relationships through cooperation and peaceful interaction by making it a habit.

The rules/goals of the home:

  1. Peacefully respect all family members.
  2. Facilitate and encourage growth and understanding for yourself and others.
  3. Cooperate with one another.
  4. Be truthful/honest

The model of my utopian family is made up of two parents and at least two children, plus other members young or old that the family brings in. A two-parent household is ideal because it can ensure the financial stability of a household although other members who stay in the home past the age 21 contribute financially according to their income. Ideally, there is a minimum of two children in a home in order to teach the children how to share and live alongside someone their own age. Everyone in the home has their own room and shares a bathroom with only one other person. The kitchen is fully accessible to everyone capable of operating in it safely. Children old enough are taught to cook for themselves to minimize the amount of cooking that the parents and other family members have to do while allowing the child to understand adult life outside of the household. The aim of this structure is to provide equal care to the individuals of the house and further their development as people and as members of a larger community which is the world.

String Theory

Our monument to knowledge allows all types of knowledge to connect and merge to form a grand network. There is a glass dome that makes interior space for all types of learning, analytical and hands-on, as well as individual and group work study space. The monument maintains an open and honest nature, the glass dome represents a transparent attitude in the way we bring the knowledge to the people. In order to make our knowledge accessible to everyone, we would have physical books and online archives in all languages. More than half the world has a faith or religion that they practice and/or study that gives understanding and meaning to their surroundings. Because of this, it is important to include religious texts in this monument to knowledge. The enclosed interior space is balanced out by an open space surrounding the dome where we put a garden for learning and studying. The two cut plastic bottles are representative of stages where lectures may be held for all who visit the monument. The model is an abstract representation of a monument to knowledge, in all its forms.

 

   

 

String Theory, 2018. Photographed by Lourdes

 

Team: Lourdes, Eboni, George, Paloma