Dessau Institute of Architecture
critics: sandra MANNINGER & matias del CAMPO
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
ana STEFANOVIC, andrew MOGYLNYI, claudia STOICA, mahmoud EL HAKIM, sebastian BIAŁKOWSKI, & xintian LI: The Convoluted Corrosion project is the future city concept for Maribor, Slovenia. The main idea of the project is to simulate the future city growth and expansion in the span of 100years. Based on the “Urban Millennium” fact that majority of people worldwide will be living in towns or cities, which is caused by increasing factor of rural-urban migration.
After studying and analyzing the needs of the city and possibilities of its growth, the idea of living organism as a city that is continuously consuming and producing. These characteristics of metabolism have been simulated to generate continuous growth and reproduction of aggregated formations in the city.
The exponential growth of the cellular formation simulates the condition for the city’s urban evolution and development in the next century.
The density variation of the cellular field that interacts with the terrain and achieves a topological spatial quality that creates a convoluted modular condition. Generating the field with specific urban qualities, that can allow and act as an interactive fabric, which is adaptable to change, and expansion.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
M[C]2: Baroque landscape paintings (i.e. Claude Lorrain), Neri Oxman, Metabolism, biomimetics, recursive geometry, cellular systems, corals, Frei Otto and soap bubble experiments.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
M[C]2: Reading AD Magazine; Finding Form by Frei Otto and Bodo Rasch; Scripting Cultures: Architectural design and programming by Mark Burry. Listening to Spotify, Lana Del Rey, Cold Play, Radiohead, Fink, Norah Jones, etc. Watching “Tedx,” Manuel Delanda, “Deleuze and the Use of the Genetic Algorithm in Architecture”, Russell Peters, World Cup, etc.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
M[C]2: Neri Oxman, Soma, Daniel Widrig, Michael Hansmeyer, Roland Snooks, and Tom Wiscombe.
Additional credits and links:
Studio professors: Sandra Manninger and Matias del Campo.
Slovenian Pavilion Curator: Tom Kovac.
Grasshopper and Processing Instructor: Alexander Kalachev.
Special thanks to DIA friends and colleagues for their daily support