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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

Outline of the Core
Rotterdam, Holland, 2007.
Berlage Masterclass “Form and the City”,
Awarded: Third Prize, IBAR 2007
MIT team | N.Bhatia, A.Brennen, J.Shen, & J.Graham. Tutor: Alexander D'Hooghe

The urbs and polis starts by being an empty space, the forum, the agora, and all the rest are just a means of fixing that empty space, of limiting its outlines.
-José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses.


Slinge, South Rotterdam, demonstrates the crisis of Dutch multiculturalism. Its community envelope lacks definition and offers no access to the public sphere of Rotterdam. Integration requires exposing Slinge to the larger grids and flows of the city. For that reason, we propose the construction of a new transfer station with numerous public programs that will enliven the neighborhood and make Slinge a regional destination. This public sphere requires a break with the long-standing tradition of an urbanism based on objecthood; in contrast, we place architecture at the service of a definition of the public. A ring of public institutions is arranged around an open square, exposing its users to each other. In this collector, urban and suburban paths will cross. The programs include houses of worship, a school, police station, restaurants, banks, post office, district offices, and shared community spaces. We also propose the inclusion of big-box retail, currently a suburban phenomenon in need of re-urbanization.

The open square is triple-programmed for traffic and parking, sports and leisure, and as a large canvas for community art and action. This ‘canvas’ is visible from Rotterdam’s most public space - its transportation infrastructure – emphasizing the connection between Slinge and the larger civic space shared by the city’s inhabitants. Bigger blocks of parking define the square’s corners, celebrating the moment of arrival. The facades within the square are neutral, framing the activities within. By designing our architecture as an outline for public action, we monumentalize life itself. Here, the reality of Slinge’s life can appear as a figure.