suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
luke TAN: Osprey is an infrastructural city for the short-term stay of transient people. Located in the traffic islands defined by Sihui Bridge highway interchange in Beijing, China, Osprey is grown in commensal relationship with the city. Habitable space is conceived as open-source customisable mobile units to accomodate a variety of programs which are housed by infrastructural towers.
The project is developed as a postdigital-era urban typology informed by technological developments and the internet while relating to the wider context of the nature of globalisation.
In response to the accelerative change that globalisation and the internet has brought about, Osprey is designed to achieve maximum heterogeneity in its distribution of program and to promote transparency among its inhabitants in order to synthesise work activities and research.
Its inhabitants are typically engaged in innovation-led work which requires for them to travel for research or collaboration.
Beijing is encircled by ring roads. As a result, highway interchanges occur somewhat regularly throughout the city; potential sites for the expansion of the proposed development which may be designated Special Economic Zones.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
lT: God, the Internet, Theo Lalis, Dora Sweijd, Kasper Ax, Yousef Al-Mehdari.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
lT: Rod Modell, Ildjarn, Miami Vice.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
lT: LASSA Architects. NaJa & deOstos, Design Objectives, and Darryl Lim (hci-mmi).
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