Aflaj, Tianjing- Visions for a Secondary Watershed

Yuliang Jiang, MLA+3 ’20

ARCH 698B: MLA Advanced Design Research

Gallery: STUB: An Emerging Atlas of Drylands Design

Instructor: Hadley Arnold

I researched Aflaj (Oman, 500 CE) and Tianjing (China, 1500 CE). I was struck by Aflaj as a singular linear system that contained so many different landscapes and architectural stations, but ultimately I was fascinated by the building typology of Tianjing. Also, I am interested in them both as parts that worked as a network. I chose to test if modernized Tianjing could systematically proliferate in the metropolis for water capture, and storage purposes.