SCI-Arc Future Initiatives (SCIFI)
critics: Peter ZELLNER & Alfonso MEDINA
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Duygun INAL: Cities have never been singular entities as they do have molecular compositions based on interactions in between diverse & active constellations that unite to co-habit the city. Looking at the urban pattern of LA, the project takes on the idea of map figurations and a different position towards densifying Los Angeles. Rather than ideal & existing forms with closed shapes, rigid boundaries and defined figures, the basic building blocks have irregular shapes with maximized porosity within the field.
Operational strategy deals with multiple & overlapping forms to create the proposed urban typologies. The basic infrastructural unit that connects the proposed typologies to the existing forms is a ‘strand’ with sublimates into built form; thickens into occupiable space. Strands hover above the streets and open spaces and become bridges in between the connected volumes. The main idea for the project is to blend the boundary between public and private open spaces to create a variety of interstitial experiences that hard edges are broken with a high degree of complexity & connectivity in between the patches. The existing conditions regarding the density & building scales & frequency-adjacency are all inverted in the proposed plan.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
DI: Peter Zellner, Alfonso Medina, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Mohamed Sharif, Piranesi’s Campo Marzio, Colin Rowe’s Collage City, Nolli Map, Rem Koolhaas’s Melun Senart Competition Entry, Archizoom’s No-Stop City, Constant’s New Babylon, Stan Allen’s “Field Conditions,” and Jeff Kipnis.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
DI: Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York, Colin Rowe’s Collage City, Thom Mayne’s Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form, Fumihiko Maki’s Investigations in Collective Form, R.E. Somol, Stan Allen’s “Field Conditions,” Jeff Kipnis’s texts, and Jimenez Lai’s Citizens of No Place.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
DI: OMA, Reiser&Umemoto, Andrew Zago_ZAGO Architecture, Jimenez Lai_Bureau Spectacular, Herzog De Meuron, SCI-Arc, Marcelyn Gow_Servo Los Angeles, Dwayne Oyler, and Eric Owen Moss.
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