In this world that seems to be running out of patience, where everything that surrounds us is changing at an unprecedented pace, architecture tends to keep its constancy, an artifact of a certain moment in history. It is a fact that society is moving increasingly fast, from fashion trends to technological or scientific discoveries. Antagonistically, architecture carries on to embody permanence.
Is this state of durability that defines architecture enough for the people that live in the 21st century?
Meanwhile, this conglomeration of architectural objects, also known as the city, is made of living systems that grow and expand in synchronicity with its users and their way of inhabiting the space.
Therefore, the people and the social-temporal layout of the city are congruent parts, mutually difining. An ouroboros molding the world that surrounds us, as Anne-Marie Willis stated: “we design our world, while our world acts back on us and designs us”.
With this in mind, we created a space in which design meets consciousness, a public space where everyone is equal and welcome.
In a democratic way, we provide a TOOL for manipulating the very fabric of the public space in the hand of the people. Through collaboration, inhabitants can actively participate in the formation process. The same space, in different time instances, will cater to the needs of anyone, dismissing any form of inequality. By these rapid mutations arising from true necessity, the cityscape becomes a living entity, a reflection of its inhabitants in real-time.
Impregnate the now with the multiplicities of thought!
In order to achieve this kind of versatility, the physical building blocks represent are the simplest, fundamental element found in any public space: the pavement. Through a system of equilateral triangle modules, articulated by mechanical hinges that can fix at different angles, the pavement is risen on Teflon rails, generating new three-dimensional landscapes. The purpose is imbued in the ways the users interact with the new reality. Bigger and more complex formations will require more people to pursue the same goal. Thus, social interaction is one of the main triumphs of the new urban fabric.
Another big advantage consists in space efficiency. While cities are rapidly growing, cultural diversity challenges the usage of public space. The city needs to infuse a multitude of meanings and functions to the same area. At the same time, current recycling technologies make possible to create materials out of the waste the city creates. The city rebuilds itself from the ashes.
The project offers people a way to generate prompt ripples in the streetscape, and thus reclaim the city. While also inspiring democratic expression, creativity, and collaboration. Nonobstructive and subtle, the Supersurface becomes a presence only when someone intends it to be.
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