suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
melanie KOTZ: MY FRACTOWN—My proposal for the city is based on the desire of having a city that is able to grow over time and thus, incorporate cultural circumstances and traditional influences of its inhabitants, within its evolution. The site i have chosen for this city is situated at the very north of the bay of bengal, bordering bangladesh. here, the terrain immerses in the water, allowing the city to move away from the geological realities of the main land, and instead evolve on a more flexible medium, that is water. A floating city shall overcome fundamental problems in the country’s quality of life, which flood and ebb brings about.
The artificial creation of new ground, floating on the surface of the water like a second skin, not only solves the difficulties of living in an environment that actually doesnt allow for living and developing; but also gives place for designing a flexible masterplan with the quality of constant adaptation and dynamic change. The city is being assembled by single rafts which can be interconnected to a megastructure with a fluent circulation system on top; the main medium of circulating among the city yet remains on the water, with the use of private boats to travel from A to B. The rafts are of a specific geometry in plan which together form a composition resembling that of a fractal.
This certain kind of composition leans on the idea of the fractal being a system which organic growth underlies within the physical setup on our planet earth. It can be found in all kinds of scales; and has been the source of inspiration that drove me to designing the propagating city for the deep future of bangladesh. The fractal grows, ad infinitum.
PUL(L)PO-PORT—The bangladeshi people cultivates a tradition of fishing and farming. Though, the economical situation of the country limits its potential to develop. A fishing port shall provide public spaces in the floating city and function as a communicative platform for people to meet and deal. Thus, the building offers an open structure of continuous spaces that shall build the basis of a swimming market, enveloped by a building shell which has the potential of taking over several mechanical functions. This building is considered not only as a spatial experience, but also as a mashine which will serve the economy by organizing a society of fishermen and the market culture. Therefore, the building is equipped with instruments for receiving the fish and harvest products and transporting them to spaces where they will be processed and stored, until they finally reach the third and main stage of the building’s performance, that is the market. Cranes slide up and down the legs of the building, waiting for the fishermens’ ships to arrive; until they reach out to take the cargo and place it into the building’s openings.
The interior of the building is structured in a 3dimensional staircase-platform that lets the visitor experience a spatial situation on various levels, as a contrast to the otherwise horizontal city. These floors connect to the shell via an apparatus of interweaved conveyorbelts, sticking out of the building’s openings like its tongues absorbing the cargo and transporting it to the designated spaces.
Building the pul(l)po-ports shall open the doors to exporting the products of fractown out to the open market. Hence, the people of bangladesh shall gain in a richer economy and connect to the global network.
In the first place though, i believe that the swimming market has the potential to improve the people’s social environment and support the belief in itself. The dome’s architecture illustrates the building’s relation to an existing culture. Irregularity becomes structured, yet maintains a chaos’ charme; sheltering elements open up to the surrounding environment and turn given deficits into beauty; a synergy of industrial vintage and shiny surfaces, as well as mimetics of organic growth are a tribute to solid skills, their development and procreation.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
mK: Hani Rashid/ Reiner Zettl/ staff of studio rashid/die angewandte
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mK: Reading: Gilles Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque; Gilles Deleuze, Foucault; René Thom, research on the topics of the chaos theory and fractal systems; Benoit Mandelbrot. Watching: documentaries on bangladesh; asian fishing culture; indian ocean. Listening: bitch house; modern witch; salem; alter ego.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
mK: Wolfgang Tschapeller and Francois Roche.
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