• Aggregated Figure: The City as Folded Blocks

    MÅNSSON & PESSANI, "Aggregated Figure." Section.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    SCI-Arc Future Initiatives (SCIFI)
    critics: Peter TRUMMER, Hernan DIAZ ALONSO, Ferda KOLATAN, & David RUY.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Sarah MÅNSSON & Federico PESSANI: The project took its starting point from the deformation and aggregation of the Cerdá block.

    The deformation of the original block, by means of folding, establishes new relationships between parts of the individual blocks, and between separated blocks as they start to aggregate to form a larger figure. The concept of aggregation thus leads to the definition of a new urban form, while still maintaining the formal concept of the original block as a built perimeter around an internal courtyard. This characteristic remains visible in the transition from block to aggregated figure. The fundamental importance of the role played by courtyards, originally provided as open urban spaces, is now redefined as the blocks are lifted from the ground. Removing the building from its ground allows the space of the courtyard to take on other identities—for example, acting as large apertures, redefining the relationships between interior and exterior of the figure, and allowing space for the new overall architectural composition. The aggregation of objects preserves the original identity of the block but creates new relationships between buildings, allowing each building to become ground for the next. The status of the individual building is thereby questioned and through the application of aggregation redefined as what can be described as a sort of “city within the city.” The relationship between the figure and its new ground contributes to achieving a new diagram of the city, in which the original characteristics of the block are redefined, offering the opportunity to occupy and move through urban space in a different way.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    SM & FP: Peter Trummer, Ursula Frick, and Thomas Grabner.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    SM & FP: Reading: Thom Mayne, Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form (2011); Daniel Libeskind, MICROMEGAS (1979); writings by Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman, and Peter Trummer; the work of Philipp Schaerer.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    SM & FP: BIG, COOP Himmelb(l)au, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Herzog & de Meuron, Morphosis, and OMA.

    Additional credits and links:
    Our gratitude goes to Peter TRUMMER, Ursula FRICK, and Thomas GRABNER for their invaluable support and help

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    • thomas Says:

      worst section i’ve ever seen.

    • killerarch78 Says:

      great conceptual urban design. to keep on your radar

    • Peter Says:

      no rigor, no meaning, so frustrating as a fellow student. mash a lot of form together, and mash together a paragraph with vaguelt architectural words.

      hopefully trummer lets up one day and allows his students to exercise their own ideas, instead of foisting his grasshopper wads upon studio after studio. but I doubt it. The academy loves goons like this.