suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
johan TALI: Deep Futures.
The collective and individual work by the students will predominately focus around the concept of the city, and in particular the notion of city as a laboratory for the deep futures of human interaction, technological and ecological intelligence, spatial and formal play and experiment and discovery. The search is for new forms, types and assemblies of architecture more or less centered theory and research into the future of architecture with the space of cities. Students in this will initiate Deep Futures by investigating both contemporary and future potentials for new yet to be designed cities.
The intention, over time, is to individually and collectively within the studio to form the very underpinnings and scenarios for entirely new cities more for less designed from first principals. Some key concerns about the future of architecture and cities will be formed through the studio work itself, and these findings will be the impetus and rational behind the architectural projects students will choose and work on.
Train link at C_9-1 : hyper density.
Location _ Arunachal Pradesh / Boarder of India and China on the Foothills of the Himalayas
The task was to deal with the hyperdense central area of the Water City, one of specialized high-density sub-cities of Silk City. The Train station is spread into different links that cluster on the central cores inherited from the masterplan of the Watercity. The urban masses form focal points around designated cores and sweep into connections to neighboring core masses. The shells of the urban masses have a strong surface quality on the outside, forming an urban mirroring device that creates a visual link between different focal points. In the insides of the shells, the walkways attach to the central core which houses the main vertical circulation between the various focal points and the public water surface, that houses main public recreational and leisure spaces.
The program ranges from collaborative to commercial public spaces, serving all the needs of a nomadic lifestyle of the high-end migrant workers that will be the main inhabitants of this knowledge based economy. The focused shell structure and its three dimensional courtyard system is used to achieve clusters of high importance and protective enclosure. The “courtyards” formed by the interlocking shells multiply the public focal space which in other contemporary schemes is mostly perceived only on the street level – radically changing the relationship in real-estate pricing and gentrification – which is problably the biggest economical problem for contemporary urban conditions.
sPL What or who influenced this project?
jT: The Silk Road, Situationist International, Networks, Hausmanns Paris, futurism.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jT: Listening: Juju and Jordash Off Minor podcasts; Reading: Kwinter and
The Cyber Reader by Spiller.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
jT: early Asymptote, Marcel Duschamp, Koolhaas the farmer.
Additional credits and links:
The 100 million inhabitant Masterplan for Silk City was developed in collaboration with Sille Pihlak