Studio Class at Auburn University
Studio Class at Auburn University

New Carthage

This project was developed by Grigor Milosevic as a student from University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

A research project on the use of new energy sources in industrial buildings

Each student chose an industrial building (power plant/factory/port…) that uses lots of energy or makes massive pollution.

I chose to design a modern port that will be power saving and  able to stand on any coast, or even float on the sea. While doing research on ports, i came upon an interesting example in Carthage, modern day Tunis. The Carthaginians were unrivalled in terms of commerce and naval industry and invented a revolutionary port concept. It was a round port known as “Cothon”. The circular shape was quite interesting and appeared suitable for a modern harbour. The New Carthage is a port like no other, it can house many ships, small and large and offers protection on the stormy seas. It has a central administration with service areas and an outer circle of wharves, it has just one entrance, so there won’t be problems with ships passing by one another, it will work like a roundabout. The larger ships will be closest to the entrance, whilst the smaller ones will enter the farther sectors. The harbour utilisies solar energy on the roof and walls, and uses “Sea snakes” that generate electricity from tidal power and waves. The waves lose power when they rock the “snakes” and are absorbed once they hit the facade, which evenly distributes their power. This way the port could be completely sustainable, and even produce excess energy

Ports are among the greatest pollutors in the modern age, and shipping via sea has always been cheaper than land or air travel, they will certainly remain dominant for the time to come, so we should utilise them in the best possible way and try to make them cleaner, prettier and more effiicient.