critic: Hernan DIAZ ALONSO.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Homayoun Ismael ZARYOUNI:
This is a ghost Cultural Center proposal for the ghost city of Kilamba, Angola. Built by Chinese developers, occupied by families of the 220 units sold out of 2800*; a dream reality occurs. Surrounded by empty acres, a “furry” oasis ensues.
In order to remove the city of its failed history this thesis purposes a cosmetic mutation of Kilamba, Angola. Unlike adaptive reuse projects that turn run-down motels into yoga studios & startups, this cosmetic mutation slingshots the city further into its irrelevant existence in order to birth its new identity; investment in the superficial is made in search of depth and substance. Maybe the comparison of a toupee changing the character of a face or figure into a new identity would be appropriate here, or one extravagant fur coat turning a fragile human body into majestic animal form would be the best comparison. Here the architectural skin covers history, transforms image & mutates ideology. From uselessly banal to uselessly excessive; skins hide mass and other things.
*Louise Redvers, “Angola’s Chinese-built ghost town,” BBC News, July 03, 2012. Web. Accessed September 01, 2016.
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
HIZ: Animal furs and feathers, Alexander McQueen, Surrealism, and Meret Oppenheim.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
HIZ: Reading Anrdré Breton, Manifestoes of Surrealism; listening to Bodega Boys Podcasts; and watching Friends.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
HIZ: Frank Gehry; Xefirotarch; Eric Owen Moss; Young & Ayata; Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects; Hirsuta; Zago Architecture; and Bodega Boys.