Choreographing Micro-Revolutions

DIPLOMA UNIT 2

2009-2010

Continuing research conducted over the last four years, Diploma 2 sets out to invent a new social and aesthetic agenda for ecological architecture, using computation to calibrate environmentally responsive geometries that are able to choreograph both climatic and cultural flows within precarious urban conditions. The unit seeks alternative urban organisational structures to mediate between private interests and government bodies, as a way of transforming stagnant urban forms that are currently disconnected from the local culture and natural environment. In ‘Molecular Revolution in Brazil’, Félix Guattari and Suely Rolnik investigate how micro-political movements escape the ‘standardisation of desire’ imposed by capitalist and autocratic governments, so defining ‘completely original forms of expression’.

Micro-agencies offer an alternative power structure. From the grass-roots organizations that mobilised voters in the Obama campaign, to small-scale slum interventions like those by Alejandro Echeverri in Medelin, Columbia and the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre project in India, to urban planning charity organizations like the Forum for an Alternative Belfast; small agencies are closer to their beneficiaries and faster at responding than macro-organisations. We will collaborate with these micro-organisations, networking between the public and private sectors to create multiple-scaled ‘micro-infrastructures’ that mediate between formal and informal socio-economic, environmental and cultural forces.

Students choose their own site for intervention – a disused site in São Paulo’s centre or urban residue in any other city in the world – proposing their own programmatic, formal and aesthetic ‘protest’ against the dominant cultures controlling a specific urban phenomenon. We will propose new social programs to empower inhabitants, collaborating with local governments, NGOs, and urban activists, such as the Union of Inhabitants of the Paraisópolis shanty-town`s Literacy School, or the champion boxer Garrido’s informal Sports Academy under the viaducts in São Paulo www.tvcultura.com.br/direcoes/o-louco-dos-viadutos. We will employ the extensive research collected at London School of Economics Urban Age São Paulo Conference. With São Paulo’s emerging as one of the worlds’ most important new economies, the destitute centre has been the focus of international attention: from Herzog and de Meuron’s proposed new Dance Hall, to Norman Foster’s redesign of the deprived Luz neighbourhood.

Informed by seminars on Guattari and Rolnik’s writing, and the films of Eliane Caffé, the unit will reject subjection to prevailing tendencies in favour of creating personal ‘formal revolutions’. For this choreography of aesthetic, programmatic and environmental negotiations, we will employ generative agency scripting and associative modelling. There will be workshops on Processing with Shajay Bhooshan; environmentally responsive parametric design with Adam Davis of Norman Foster’s Specialist Modelling Group; and environmental structure integration and extensive physical modelling with Lawrence Friesen of Generative Geometry. The unit will collaborate with the AA’s Sustainable Environmental Design programme to conduct testing of environmental structures, including shadow/lighting and ventilation analyses. These design processes will produce controlled emergent spatial effects for a performative architecture that mediates structural, environmental, and circulatory flows, bringing ‘sustainable design’ strategies new civic and cultural relevance, to reclaim and transform stagnant programs, economies and contexts.

TUTORS: Anne Save de Beaurecueil and Franklin Lee e: subdv@subdv.com w: www.subdv.com

T.S. FINAL REVIEW

SPRING TERM FINAL REVIEW

4TH YEAR TECHNICAL REVIEW

WITH JOHN NOEL

FALL TERM FINAL REVIEW

UNIT TRIP - SÃO PAULO

GARRIDO BOXING ACADEMY

MOINHO FLUMINESE

COMUNIDADE ESPORTIVA GLICERO WITH TIA EVA

ÇÉRO

GARRIDO UNDER THE VIADUCT - VICKY CHEN


PARAISÓPOLIS - YVONNE WENG


axo drawing of proposal in progress

partial ground physical modelling

site photo montage initial trial

ground modelling experiment

ground modelling experiment

ground modelling experiment

subdivision exploration

subdivision exploration

subdivision exploration

subdivision exploration

subdivision experiment

abstract geometric transformation of the site

abstract geometric transformation of the site

subdivision experiment

subdivision experiment

ALEXANDRIA - TAMIM SNEGM

Submarine Alex.

Submarine Alex.

Section

Museum interior

Axo

Site plan

Structure + moving joint

initial computational setup and corresponding underwater radiance tests

Generative wax models

In the historic Eastern Harbour in Alexandria, the highway cuts off the waterfront, creating urban dead-space. On site there is a derelict market, Alexandria Library is close by as well as Alexandria University and its aprox. 70 000 students. Currently there is a proposed redevelopment of the site that involves the building of an underwater museum on the site where French Archaoelogist Frank Goddio found the remnants of ancient Alexandria in the harbour.

Following this existent redevelopment, the intention of this proposal is to extend Alexandria’s urban fabric and sinking the highway to create a new public plaza. The new public space will reinstate the market, provide a waterfront and an urban beach for tourists and students, as well as provide the entry to the museum (via the reinstate markets in the extended urban fabric). The museum, which is an extension of the city, serves not to chain the city to its history, as much of Egypt is, but to liberate it by acting as the mechanism by which one views the history in a new, and alternative spatial experience.

MOINHO FLUMINESE - REGENERATION IN THE MILL - EDWARD PEARCE

micro agencies - art in the mill - zezao, graffiti artist
01  - Site AnalysisMap of surrounding area. The project is driven by the context of its surrounding:

SOCIAL DECAY: The area directly to the south of the site is rife with crime and drugs. This is not uncommon in the central part of Sao Paulo. At night a lot of downtown becomes very dangerous as the commercial areas close shop and retreat to the surrounding areas and peripheries. There is a need to attract people to live in these areas, through safe housing schemes that integrate all levels of society.

ARTS COMMUNITY: The area to the south west around Luz station has a number of art galleries, Museums and concert halls that are amoungst the top tourist destinations in Sao Paulo.In 2015 this area will also have Company Dance, which will be a huge complex of auditoriums, teaching and practice areas and designed by the internationally renouned architects Herzog & De Meuron. The strong link, which the area has with the creative arts, could be introduced to the site to attract visitors from the popular neighbouring area.

MOINHO FLUMINENSE - SITOPIA - KIM AZEVEDO