University of Applied Arts Vienna
Studio Greg Lynn
critics: Greg LYNN with Parsa KHALILI, Bence PAP, & Maja OZWALDIC.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Juergen STROHMAYER: In this thesis project, literal motion is used to create a dynamic environment at an urban scale.
At the heart of the project is the transformation of an urban void that negotiates the contrasting urban fabric between Ueno Park in Tokyo, accommodating several cultural institutions, and the vibrant retail district of Akihabara Electric Town. The gateway houses a music complex integrating culture, education, and retail program to create a new kind of institution that engages the lifestyles of people practicing and consuming music in a high-density urban context.
In recent architectural theory, cities are described in terms of differences and the meeting of these differences. Cities are environments that are characterized by adjacencies of high contrasts. This has made transitions and heterogeneity key architectural problems of the current discourse that are engaged with this thesis. Transforming buildings and massive movement are one opportunity for architecture to be a meaningful part of these complex environments and re-imagine the role of a building in the contemporary city.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JS: Greg Lynn and the studio faculty: Parsa Khalili, Bence Pap, Maja Ozwaldic.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
JS: Reading Log 33. Listening to: Deerhoof; CPE Bach; Shugo Takumaru; Aphex Twin; and Caribou.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JS: Studio Lynn at the Angewandte.
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