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Territory

THE RIGHT OF WAY IS THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
Toronto, Canada

DREDGESCAPING TOLEDO

Toledo, USA

EN POINTE!

Kagran, Austria
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

CONSTELLATORY COVE

Porto Brandao, Portgual
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

RECON-FIGURE
Far Rockaway, USA

UNLOCKING AMERICA'S CORE
White Space, USA

IN GRID WE TRUST
Manhattan, USA

LIQUID COMMONS
Hudson Strait, Canada

ICEROADS/ TRUCKSTOPS
Contwoyto, Canada

OUTLINE OF THE CORE
Rotterdam, NL

PLINTHESIS
Toronto, Canada

THE NEW MONUMENTALITY
Passiac, New Jersey, USA

Architecture

VARNA PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE
Varna, Bulgaria

STEAM STRATUM
Liepaja Latvia

FIRE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS
San Francisco, CA

CONSERVATORY HOUSE
London, UK

DRIFT HOUSE
Arctic, Canada

TORONTORIUM
Toronto, Canada

THE INFRASTRUCTURAL SPACE OF APPEARANCE
Toronto, Canada

BRUCE MAU DESIGN OFFICE
Toronto, Canada

Installations

SCAFFOLDIA
Oakland, USA

FORMWORKS
San Francisco, USA

RE-RIGGING AIR
Copenhagen, Denmark

GARDEN OF DISPLACED ROOTS
Grand Metis, Canada

ENVELOOPS
Toronto, Canada

INTERLACE
Los Angeles, USA
w/ MG&CO

En Pointe!
Kagran, Austria, 2013
In Collaboration with Lorena Del Rio Architects
Awarded: Honorable Mention, Europan 12 Austria

The site of Kagran is unique in that it is characterized by complete infrastructural separation, forming an island of building types that operate at a scale closer to urbanism than of architecture. Simultaneously, however, the site is highly connected to regional infrastructures, allowing it to attract both a local and regional public. Our proposal begins by adding a civic architectural type —the arcade— to reconcile the two scales of inhabitation — architectural and urban — through a strategy of consolidating domestic programmes into infrastructure that utilize the arcades below to produce a local rhythm and organization. Seven bars run through the site to both operate at the scale of the surrounding infrastructures as well as organize the local scale of the neighborhoods. These bars contain nine housing types to cater to differing demographics and touch down on the site lightly to activate the arcaded public realm below in a precise manner.

Arches
Ten different scales of arches are employed within the bars to mediate between the scales of public and private. These range from four to thirty meters, providing for intimate as well as monumental civic spaces. The arches touch down lightly on the site to provide access to the housing and roof terraces above, contain ‘activator’ programmes related to the surface below, and offer areas to store micro-infrastructures for the multi-programmed surface. By touching minimally on the surface below, a highly level of flexibility is achieved through programming. What emerges is a field condition that is unified yet provides a diverse range of scales and publics that can form naturally.

Surface
The question of adaptability in the site is addressed through the notion of time and the spatial type of the surface. A large surface operates as a multi-programmed public realm that is timeshared through a schedule - to allow a more diverse and larger set of public programmes. The surface is coded through differing materials and paint to provide flexible, soft organizational strategies that are activated by the bars above. For instance, the same space can be used for greenhouses, parking, a market, and basketball courts at different times of the day, week, and year. The schedule is malleable to the needs of current and future residents, adapting for seasonal festivals, cultural events, and needs that cannot be anticipated. The surface is broadly organized into programmes that share the similar surface characteristics — recreational, commercial, and community. Regions of overlap between these sectors allow for hybrid uses. For instance, a school’s playground can be used in a broader recreational sense when the school is closed, or market areas can be converted to informal night theatres. Five subtle surface variations provide diversity while still allowing for flexible programming. Pools of water and landscape enable sustainable water collection and promote microclimates to alleviate the large paved surfaces in the broader strategic site. The malleable surface and schedule is structures through the arches above, forming a symbiotic arrangement as well a unique architectural scenario wherein form runs east-west through the site to connect across infrastructure while space runs north-south to connect with the larger strategic site. This weave between form and space is structured through the public realm and surface below.

Field Monuments
The arcaded public realm works in conjunction with the surface that adheres to the monumentality of the infrastructure and surrounding architecture while breaking down into local supports to promote soft neighborhood units. By connecting this island to the surrounding developments and infrastructure, a multivalent public realm is achieved in a dynamic field condition.

Project Team:
The Open Workshop + Lorena Del Rio Architects
Neeraj Bhatia, Lorena Del Rio, Carly Dean, Alicia Hergenroeder, Jonathan Negron, De Peter Yi, Wei Zhao
Client: Local Government of Kagran