Breaking the Stereotype
4 Projects
Ground Folds
5 Projects
Architecture and Recipro-City
3 Projects

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Smart Highway _ Studio Roosegaarde
Scene Sensor _ James Murray + Shota Vashakmadze
Waller Creek _ Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Breaking the Stereotype
Breaking Stereotypes of Living _ Silvio Carta
Glass House for Diver _ Naf Architect & Design
Atelier-Bisque Doll _ UID Architects
Toda House _ Office of Kimihiko Okada
Atelier Tenjinyama _ Ikimono Architects

Ground Folds
In the Folds of the Ground _ Marco Atzori
HanSeong BaekJe Museum _ G.S Architects & Associates
Monteagudo Museum _ Amann - Cánovas - Maruri
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center _ Weiss/Manfredi
VanDusen Botanic Garden Visitor Center _ Perkins + Will
Emblematic Monument _ TEN Arquitectos

Architecture and Recipro-City
Decoding the Vernacular: An Architecture of Reciprocity _ Nelson Mota
Apartments Buso _ dmvA Architecten
Pattern Housing _ IND
Qingpu Youth Center _ Atelier Deshaus

Breaking the Stereotype


Breaking the Stereotypes of Living
Houses are often designed within an invisible box reflecting design habits, local regulations or handbooks indications. To escape “normal” results often becomes an added value to the project and it is in general considered positively by the final users of the house. But what are the extents of a “regular” house project? And what does differentiate it from a “extravagant” project? Moreover, the work -both professional and intellectual- of a designer consists of a continuous challenge between the fact of not taking anything from granted about his/her design and yet following (design, constructive, normative) rules. One may argue that a good direction is a middle position between the two poles. Others can raise the question of interpretation (of design habits and rules) as solving tool for architects. Perhaps the question an be reformulated by tackling the cliches that frame our “living spaces”. The image of the common house is often conceived by following a fixed or oversimplified idea of living. Before the containing space, the actual activity of living (in all its varied manners) should be questioned and more carefully considered. People conduct their lives dynamically, in a continuously changing balance between paradigms and models from the past, current needs and future ambitions. Therefore, if the act of living is being reconsidered and reestablished everyday, according to the change of times, why should the house --accommodating the living within physical boundaries-- be anchored to a preconceived idea?
The presented projects display a range of possibilities of dealing with the main idea of the house and its stereotypes, offering clear reconsiderations of living as not fixed human activity. Written by Silvio Carta

Ground Folds


In the Folds of the Ground
In 1965, Paul Virilio remarked, “I am sure that in the future the dominant architectural element will not be the facade, nor even the roof, as some recent research on three-dimensional structures, suspended or pneumatic, seems to indicate, but the level, the ground.”
Virilio’s pronouncement anticipated by approximately thirty years one of the most important recent pursuits in the architectural discipline: the definition of an operative methodology for the construction of an architecture of the ground. In fact, about thirty years after Virilio, Toyo Ito, commenting on the Terminal of Yokohama by FOA Architects, remarked that their competition plans, rather than representing a level of the building, seemed to portray a topography.
In this way was made a definitive break with the legacy of the Modern Movement, which insisted on domestication of the ground rather than the recognition of its active role in the design of the architectural object. Another critical step in defining the new language was based on the transfer to the architectural discipline of the mathematical concept of topology and topological space. The shift towards topological geometry thus generated a viable alternative to the juxtaposition between the ground and the architecture. In continuity with the experience initiated in those years, certain current projects clearly demonstrate how the ground can become a topographical operating system which, freed from its passive condition, fully participates in the configurative process of the building, transferring upon it a greater scale and complexity—that of the landscape. Written by Marco Atzori