Europan 12

 

“There is nothing permanent except change.”
Heraclitus of Ephesus

The city is an image, which transforms from the first instant and never materializes. It should be understood as a dynamic entity, where nothing remains the same over time, where everything is sequential. It flows governed by the laws of nature and human being. It is therefore impossible to concrete, as laws in constant transformation determine every city. Nevertheless, the architect, through study, is able to understand their development logics and act accordingly, allowing the future to flow in harmony.

We understand that aiming to predict a flowing logic of development, the architect should focus on the study of the speed of change. Thus identifying the components of the city and ordering them by dependency degree, where slower, static structures are those which determine or condition while faster, versatile ones, are those determined or conditioned.

We realize the city based on a dependency hierarchy, a network of dependency laws under a FRACTAL logic, in which static, structural elements, define the limits and possibilities of the versatile. A first structural order defines a second order and so on. Under this fractal logic, a room depends on the structure of the apartment, the apartment depends on the structure of the building, the building on the structure of the neighbourhood, the neighbourhood on the city structure, the city on the territory…

 

ANALYTICAL GAZE.

We propose a methodology of analysis, able to determine the change rate of the elements that make up a city, based on four study criteria: chronological development, connectivity, incompatibility of use and identity.
Darker structures represent static nature while lighter stands for the mutable.

Territorial, Urban and Architectural scales are used following the idea of fractal logic, proving how the given value to elements varies according to the analysed scale.

 

 

TERRITORIAL SCALE MAPPING         URBAN SCALE MAPPING         ARCHITECTURAL SCALE MAPPING

 

PRE-DEVELOPMENT  MAPPING

 POST-DEVELOPMENT MAPPING

POSSIBLE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT MAPPING

 

 

 

 

GENERAL STRATEGIES.

Identify versatile and static structures within each scale. Optimize the main static strcutures. Reinforce the main structutres considering the natural development order

URBAN SCALE STRATEGIES

Industrial areas offer thanks to their spatial qualities a wide range of possiblities and therefore high adabtability. On the other hand the lack of human scale results in an unpleaseant atmosphere . Opposite to it the old city area provides the right atmosphere but is unable to undertake large programs. The proposal overlays both structures in order to combine the cualities. To truly enable this combination the static structures of both typologies are concentered and optimized so none of the values are left out in the process.

SPECIFIC URBAN STRATEGIES

Taking into account the site contamination problem together with the proposal organic growth, we suggest for the city a phase by phase strategy.

ARCHITECTURAL SCALE STRATEGIES

The inner block space often remains leftovers due to its dimensions and disconnection. In the proposed arrangement the building no longer establishes a barrier which excludes inner space from the street. It acts as a membrane,regulating spatial and phisical connection adding interesting spaces to the public urban grid and activating these spaces.

Static/Dinamic street opportunities
Landing structures within the street limits create pleasant static areas. Breaking the strong dinamic nature of the street these new spaces are suitable as a transition bitwin the different programs and the street, and offers an interesting enplacement to settle public static activities.

 

 

TESTING TYPOLOGIES
Heading for a flexible organic development the system enables multiple typologies. By little alteration we demonstrate how some of the well known would fit.

 

Growth pattern defined by the development of urbanistic strategies, establishing the scale of the areas and scopes of a situation of static architectural static structures that will allow the development.