Saturday, December 22, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Rendering the project in place... borrowed some textures from my walk photos, and incorporated the rendering into a site photo...
Any comments are appreciated...
Take 1: Projection from behind. (Our hanging line was not strong enough, so Nick is doing a great job of impersonating heavy duty invisible fishing line here.)
Take 1b: Close up
Take 2: Projection from the front. We found that there was a special quality to projecting directly onto the frosted surface.
Take 2b: Side view
Thursday, December 6, 2007
From the pin-up:
The flow chart/program diagram needs to be made legible. It should show the quantities and mini-ecology in a manner that can be grasped from a distance and quickly. In other words make it pretty.
I want to bring the textures of water, chicken poo, and green stuff into the linework and perspectives throughout the boards. It is the stuff that will hold the three boards together. (could the textures somehow work their way into the maps, or should the maps be left as more neutral grays and cyans?)
Up-space in the city is the public's overhead right of way. Verticality in the city can be more than simply the result of land pressure, and should be emphasized by public space (an urban amenity) that recognizes the value of a z-coordinate for re-orientation, the unused landscape of roofs, and various ways to access and occupy air space from streets that have otherwise gravitated toward increasingly private use. Unaccepted streets offer geometric conditions (narrowness primarily in this case) that appear limiting, but which highlight the potential for lofting what might typically exist on the ground, or not at all in a dense and hilly city. Above the streets, we can spin in gear, let our hair down, slow down, soak in the light washing the white city, and revel in ubiquitous hipness and dilettantism.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Things are not well illustrated for now. But I think folding structure and skin system can be identified with these diagrams and images.
Frames of each unit respond to light and temperature. Each frame extends when temperature gets higher then, the crease of skin (made of fabric) stretches and the wall of each unit becomes thinner. The wall will be thicker at night.
When sun shine is strong, pores between crease muscles (I am not sure about this. But I am coming up with orange cell) get darker so, inside of the unit have certain quality of light during day time. If those pores can save daytime light, it can be used at nighttime. (It looks technically difficult)
Living units can be assembled horizontally and vertically. The sticks attached around units sometimes function as bridge or stair frame between units and sometimes become scaffolds to be stood up or hangers.
Most urban firms no longer necessitate the spatial proximity that cities provide. They stay urban because of the exchange of ideas and new technology that occurs in proximity; San Francisco serves as a national hub for technology businesses. Agglomeration at an urban level also allows for an extreme amount of diversification, from the types of people that live in close proximity to each other to the amount and types of consumption and culture. I have identified unaccepted streets that are “broken” from the city grid, and chosen those that exist in areas where extreme diversity also exists in the city, demographically as well as spatially (in section).
A microcosm of the urban landscape at both an infrastructure and programmatic level can serve to “fix” the broken nature of the unaccepted streets by reconnecting them back to the urban landscape.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I am proposing to make visible the disjointed ecology of the city by appropriating disused railroads and re-purposing under/over freeway space, thus initiating a new infrastructure of urban agriculture. Free-range city emerges from the desire to collect waste existent on the unaccepted streets (rainwater runoff and organic waste) and convert it into a productive ecological cycle: students live in dorms with chickens over their heads, eating food scraps and producing a whole lot of chicken litter. That litter goes into a compost pile which heats water for the students. Eventually that compost pile is substantial enough to fertilize surrounding warehouse rooftops.
Equilibrium and a closed nutrient loop is not the goal of this micro-ecology. As chickens multiply and more organic waste is delivered, the rooftops fill up with agriculture, thus limiting the surface available for rainwater and therefore the human population capacity goes down. Free-range city moves on, leaving an infrastructure of bridges maintaining connectivity between the rooftops and freeways.
The thesis is tested through a series of laundromats sited on extant right-of-ways in areas of
Possible criticism (one of many)
Topography historically correlates with wealth (i.e. the swells live higher up), so by choosing to leverage topography, I'm probably selecting particular demographic profiles. However, the strategy could easily be instantiated with other techniques (i.e. don’t parametricize the technique – parametricize the performance criteria, tuned for any particular site).
But at what point does the ruthless pursuit of clean, low carbon argyles cease to be systematic? What would McDonald’s think of our approach? ( There must be a whole department devoted to franchising at Hamburger University.)
That question figures into the question of program – should the swells on Nob Hill get eco-dry cleaning, in addition or in lieu of a “clothes cloud” approach?
N.B. 2000 Census data counts 137 people living in
adj. slow·er, slow·est
- Not moving or able to move quickly; proceeding at a low speed: a slow train; slow walkers.
- Allowing movement or action only at a low speed: a slow track; a slow
- Lacking liveliness or interest; boring: a slow party.
- Not having or exhibiting intellectual or mental quickness: a slow learner
The speed of life no longer allows for the enjoyment of the world that surrounds us. More than this, it is impacting our survival. Speed can make life dangerous. Architecture can ask us to slow down, through programming, form and space.
The slowing of space becomes particularly important at interface points (zero streets). The space between the hyper-speed of the highway and the speed of daily surface life: the space of acceleration. These interfaces are the most dangerous, but offer opportunities that ask us to rethink our rush. Such a space might begin to slow people and culture by slowing the processes and means of speed, such as cars, food, worship, creating, and learning.
The slow intervention in the zero street will be adaptive: it will adjust to various sites, and respond to movement and sound on those sites. Particular program will be fixed, relating to the general condition, while others will vary by site. Elements may become fixed in the landscape, but will continue to change over time. Funding will come from city budgets for traffic and transit improvements, but also by the life that is generated from new (slow) activities.
Compressed (piling up) / Contrasts
School of the Arts, Slow / Local Food Restaurant and Market, Independent Book Store, Non-Denominational Church, Gardens
MUNI Station / BART Station, Playing fields, Park and Ride
Map showing 10 sites for intervention in Context (Zero Streets / High Speed Interfaces)
Map showing existing program at sites (schools, parks, retail) that will inform extended program
3 to 5 Sites:
Time / Space Diagrams
Conversing the notion of private and public SF
Creasing fixed living logic and creating a possibility of living pattern for active atmosphere in street level
By way of :
Publicizing privatized unaccepted streets by the highly private program
Programed as :
Living in the street/ Zip-zip living room / Extended tissue of clothing
Struggling to find a form which can be working well.
Module 1,2,3 I imagined.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Images of an idea iteration... I'm thinking that the New York Cheddar elements are inflatable and retractable, and the vertical elements are foldable, so the whole system can expand and contract in reaction to traffic flows, slowing accordingly. It would also be (systematically) deployable. Thoughts? Suggestions? Nasty Comments?