Excess / Devoid




Typology:  Speculative WorldBuild

Timeline: 1,150 light-years from Earth

Softwares:  Gaea, Houdini, Unreal Engine

Tutors:  Laure Michelon

Collaborators:  Berhan Uludag,
Manan Vikam

This project explores the stark contrast between a world with and without water. Through a series of visual and written components, the project aims to highlight the devastating impact of water scarcity and the critical importance of water in sustaining life.

The first component depicts a world without water, showcasing the harsh realities of drought and its effects on the environment, wildlife, and human populations. Through various mediums such as photography, video, and data visualizations, the project portrays the devastating consequences of water scarcity on communities, ecosystems, and economic systems.

The second component of the project portrays a world with water, emphasizing the role of water in maintaining life and prosperity. Through visual and written elements, the project illustrates how water is essential for agriculture, energy production, industry, and human well-being.

Overall, the project seeks to raise awareness about water’s importance and inspire action towards preserving this precious resource.


In a world devoid of water, architectural ingenuity arises as a response to scarcity. Innovative designs prioritize water conservation and efficiency, utilizing advanced technologies such as atmospheric water generators and rainwater harvesting systems. Structures ingeniously integrate rooftop gardens, vertical hydroponic farms, and underground reservoirs, providing alternative means of sustenance amidst the arid environment. Minimalist aesthetics and modular construction methods prevail, reflecting the resource-constrained conditions and the imperative to maximize efficiency. In this parched world, architectural solutions become a testament to resilience, offering a glimmer of hope amidst the harsh realities of water scarcity.


In a world of excess, architectural and design interventions reimagine the possibilities of water abundance. Futuristic structures seamlessly integrate water features, transforming urban landscapes into vibrant aquatic environments. Buildings elegantly incorporate cascading waterfalls, suspended pools, and interactive fountains, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces. These architectural marvels not only captivate the senses but also harness the abundant water resources to create sustainable ecosystems within the built environment. Through innovative design approaches, water becomes an integral part of architectural narratives, fostering a harmonious coexistence between humans and their aquatic surroundings.