suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
vincenzo REALE: tensional integrities and intensive connections through a peripheral park of Bologna.
This is my fifth year’s thesis (march 2010) at Bologna University, in which themes such as tensegrity, form-finding, material and structural properties of complex systems, parameterization of physical behaviours, interaction of surfaces and components with external force fields, rapid prototyping techniques were discussed, in the search of elegance through a perpetual dialectics of complexity and refinement.
“ISO: a combining form meaning “equal,” used in the formation of compound words: isochromatic; [..]
Communication: a process by which information is exchanged through a common system of symbols, signs, or behaviour [..] the various methods of sending information between people and places. “
You may recognize how the lack or failure of “communication”, intended as an exchange of information and data in complex systems, is a potential cause of the paralysis, stagnation or necrosis of the systems themselves.
The definition of hyper connected systems, where, each time a channel is prevented, others become automatically activated and competitive, or where different channels operate simultaneously, even in non-critical situations, enables them to provide not only optimal performances (albeit potentially less effective than a single “ad hoc” solution) but also adaptable and dynamic responses to other external stimuli, and leads to more globally efficient solutions.
The Park (“Parco dei pini”) in Pontelungo (a suburb of Bologna) shows a chronic lack of communication between the parts that make up the system. Several critical issues come from this lack (degradation, abandonment, social dangerousness, etc. …). The goal then becomes to define a sustainable and highly connected system that weaves the different parts of the site and develops their potential, ending critical situations and creating a series of dynamic interactions that lead to positive mutations.
The hyper-connection is translated in breaking down visible / invisible barriers which create discontinuities in the area, in developing landmarks, shelters and crossing paths where these are lacking, but also in the definition of a hyper-connected constructive system, where the efforts to which the structure is locally subjected are distributed globally across the whole architectonical organism making it flexible and resistant to the changing of external conditions (tensegrity system).
sP: what or who influenced this project?
vR: To begin with the works of Buckminster Fuller and Kenneth Snelson, but also writings and works of Achim Menges, Patrik Schumacher, Ben Van Berkel, Bruno Munari, Greg Lynn as well as Darcy Thompson’s ones. I have also to mention my thesis supervisors for their precious advice: prof. Alessio Erioli (Bologna University, http://ale2x72.blogspot.com/)and prof. Ludovico Lombardi (UCL + Zaha Hadid Architects, http://www.ldvc.net/).
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
vR: Reading: Emergence_Steven Johnson, Atlas of novel tectonics_Reiser+Umemoto, Morpho-ecologies_Michael Hensel + Achim Menges, Design and visual communication_Bruno Munari, Animate form_Gregg Lynn, Cosmopolis_Don De Lillo
Listening: Brian Eno, William Basinski, Aphex Twin, The Books, Arthur Russel, Sufjan Stevens
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
vR: Among others: UNstudio, Emergent Architecture, Greg Lynn, Zaha Hadid, Asymptote, Studio Mode, LAN, Daniel Widring, Steven Ma, Ted Ngai, Marc Fornes, Span.