University of Belgrade
critics: Djordje STOJANOVIC & Milutin CEROVIC
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Aleksandar BURSAC: The design intent was to retain the existing atmosphere of the river beach, and to introduce its qualities into the educational environment or the New Media institute. The “institute” and the “beach” are formulated as initial typologies that polarize the space in between, creating the field of transitional types. These types are exhibited differently, on some occasion they are more inclined towards the character of the beach while at others they are closer to the idea of the institute.
The challenge was in the enabling of the educational institutions as essentially networked organizations which may not be placed into any of the existing typological classifications. The programmatic framework of The New Media Institute prompted the need to develop understanding of relations between architecture as a solid and determined spatial condition and something that is ephemeral and it is not related to a specific location, the media.
Throughout this semester, in continuation with the agenda form the past two years, we have been investigating into the potentials which have emerged from the ongoing convergence between contemporary architecture and the new media. The term “new media” is primarily related to communications and encompasses broad spectrum of innovations based on the use of digital technologies. It has been said many times that such novelties have led to the creation of new social, cultural and economic structures, which in turn enable and demand, at the same time, fundamental changes of spatial environments. In this term, programmatic framework refers to the New Media Institute which has been interpreted through primarily educational orientation, which is synchronized with the host of other programs and spaces for work, art and communication, fun and recreation.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AB: Situationist International to get me started and properties of super absorbent polymers to wrap it up.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
AB: Reading Situationists and the City by Tom McDonough, various texts selected as a part of studio coursework from authors like Sean Lally (“When Cold Air Sleeps”), Philippe Rahm (“Meteorological Architecture”), and Stan Allen, to name a few. In terms of music, Blood Orange/Coastal Grooves first comes to mind. And between tasks, during downtime, Archer was on the top of my watch list.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
AB: AMID.cero9 Cristina Diaz Moreno and Efren Garcia Grinda, Ned Kahn, Berndnaut Smilde.