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  • Project Lif[e]t

    CHEN, KANNOTH, H. YANG, & L. YANG, "Project Lif[e]t." Section, at night.
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    Architectural Association

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Tianyi CHEN, Vineeth Thappalli KANNOTH, Haocheng YANG, & Lei YANG: This thesis rethinks high-density urban housing typology through the removal of lifts, cores, and corridor circulation and by the employment of an exterior, decentralized lift system.

    This results in a topologically complex mixed-use, urban, networked building typology where building circulation allows for a three-dimensional architecture.

    By implementing the technology of wireless energy transmission and wireless communication, the external circulation system is capable of allowing for spontaneous, on-demand communication between users. The temporal activity of the lift system also allows for on-demand creation of spaces and a distributed energy system. The energy system is achieved by collecting the solar energy and transferring the energy wirelessly to meet the demand of users.

    Additionally, the temporal variation in facade transparency and lift distribution and movement produces qualitative design affects intrinsic to the building’s daily cycles.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    TC, VTK, HY, & LY: Mobility efficiency, building circulation, mixed-use building, renewable energy, wireless energy transmission, high-density housing.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    TC, VTK, HY, & LY: Reading: André Gorz, Ecologica; Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire; Igor Marjanovic and Katerina Rüedi Ray, Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg’s Urban Vision; Alan Powers, Robin Hood Gardens: Re-Visions; Dirk Van Den Heuvel and Max Risselada, eds., Alison and Peter Smithson: From the House of the Future to a House of Today.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    TC, VTK, HY, & LY: Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Steven Holl, and Kokkugia.

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