(Wash Urbanism 2.0) 

Fall 2018
Team: Joude Mabsout
Location: Palm Springs, California

Adjacent to the mountains in the desert of Palm Springs Co-habitat, or Wash Urbanism 2.0,explores a new type of development that integrates housing and recreation with its natural landscape. Following the path of the washes emerging from the mountains, this new development takes advantage of the space and flexibility obtained by introducing Autonomous Vehicles to suburbia and breaks the classic suburban grid to create a linear and dynamic system of housing and recreational activities.The development connects with the landscape through a network of floodable amenities for water collection, elevated housing and a multimodal mobility pathway of desert exploration, acting as a recreational link from the plain to the mountains. Responding to seasonality and temporality, with agricultural and blooming landscapes, supported by a system of Autonomous Collective Vehicles for cultural activities, this development uses technology as a tool ofreconnection with nature and exploring a new desert lifestyle, revealing characteristics and uses of the desert that are often ignored or erased in traditional suburban developments. The project is organized around 3 systems: Mobility, Water Management and Recreation and Temporality. With Co-habitat, a new lifestyle emerges in sync with the dynamics of the desert ecosystem, creating a productive, recreational and a flood-resilient landscape, supported by the flexibility that future technologies provide for expanding and enhancing the experience of suburban living.