Aggregated Figure: The City as Folded Blocks | Sarah Mansson & Federico Pessani | Via
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.
“QUARANTENA” by Robert Scott Gilson (B.Arch 2011)
Quarantine – Human ambition has surpassed the carrying capacity of the Earth. Quarantena facilitates the divorce of man from nature by exploiting the technological gap that divides the human from the natural. Q is a system for the isolation of environmental deviance. Q is a detainment network housing 1500+ detainees that cohabitate in 300 pods. Q floats within the uncertain atmosphere and above a mechanized earth.
Owens Valley – Owens Valley is an artificially enforced wilderness within a 14,000 ft. envelope. Surrounded by the western Sierra Mountain range and the eastern Inyo Mountain range, the valley is the deepest in the United States. To protect the Owens River’s diverted resources on their journey to Los Angeles, National Parks and Wildlife reserves insulate the physical and bureaucratic infrastructure that has literally sucked the valley dry.