Andrew Lam (AR'14) receives 2014 RSA US Student Design Awards
May 06, 2014
Andrew Lam (AR’14) received the Architecture Internship with Grimshaw Architects and the Techmer PM Award for Designcraft Project: Free Trade Zone in Transit at the 2014 Royal Society of Arts U.S. Student Design Awards.
FREE TRADE ZONE IN TRANSIT
Once the most important trading route that connected the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, the Panama Canal, endured a history of political and cultural strife that specifically dealt with the autonomous control of the waterway between the Republic of Panama and the United States of America. More than a decade later, after the handover of the canal back to Panama, the country is now facing a new shift in global interests. With the growing economical demand of the international community, the size of container ships has redefined the ownership of the Panama Canal; as a canal belonging to the world. My project deals with the internal workings of the Panama Canal as well as the growth in container vessels, as a way to create a new urbanism which involves the use of boats and floating programmatic spaces. It will be a community created on the basis of trade and interaction between the vessels and boats, and also a way to urbanize areas where activity is stagnant.