Author Archives: Gabriel Bollag

1000 Londons



By recognizing the city within the city, the question is posed “how do we collapse moments of the urban territory into iterations of the city?”  Those who build the city, as well as those who live in the city and even those who only come to experience it, all have a role in parsing out these individual cities.  The selection and inevitable reduction of points and places is extremely personal but also unavoidably social and political.  As is what we choose to add as architects.  These versions of the city that we create for ourselves and others is the crux of how we, as designers, approach, change, and build the city, ultimately generating the next city within the city.

 

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Panorama for the City of Entropy

more to follow…

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Escapes

A page from the ‘Escapes’ Scetion of the Wallpaper: London; City of Hoarding.

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Ruined town in Argentina

http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/argentina-ghost-town-photos-20130510

Winnie, the last photo reminds me of your project

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One of the Architectural Landmarks of London; City of the Wall

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Desecrating the bible of tourism

Perhaps because I was feeling too reverent to the wallpaper, some experiments with dis/reconfiguring the guide that while different to the hop on hop off bus still designates specific points and places.

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Wallpapering the wall: the panorama sketch

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Fortress City

I need a clear reasoning for WHY the London Wall is being resurrected, why it is relevant in today’s society, and what it is critiquing.

[we live in] a dinstinctively post-metropolitan mode of urban development… ideologies are reorganizing a post-metropolitan mode of social and spatial regulation.

[This is] addressed by looking at the intensification of social and spatial control brought about by new developments in the privatization, policing, surveillance, governance, and design of the built environment and the political geography of city space. Responding to what Mike Davis has described as an endemic ecology of fear, the postmetropolitan landscape has become filled with many different types of protected and fortified spaces, islands of enclosure, and anticipated protection against the real and imagined dangers of daily life.

-Ed Soja

Is this so different than what the Roman Wall of Londinium?

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Reworking the Wall Cross-section

The idea is to have an A3 page of the entire cross-section and then more detailed sections of each level of the wall

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Reformatting

Formatting the entire portfolio into folding A3 segments with postcard sized inserts…

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City Plans

The City of Holes

 

The City of Hoarding

The City of Hoarding Future Projection

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City of Hoarding Administrative Offices Level

The playtime-esque administration offices of the City of Hoarding.

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The playtime-esque administration office of the City of Hoarding

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City of holes

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The City of Hoarding – Plan

Hoarding claims to be the regulating line between complete & incomplete, formed & formless, order & disorder, imageable & un-imageable.  The mirrored Mega-hoarding of the City of Hoarding inserted onto the fabric of London calls into question the necessity of these dichotomies and scrambles their manifestations within the City and the city. It blurs the sharp distinctions between stasis and fluidity which hoarding conventionally attempts to maintain.  One key moment in this scrambling is the erasure and replacement of the north by the south in the mirrored reflection of the City’s southern elevation.  

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working the white book

doing thinking work.  organizing my project via the white book.

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The modern, immersive panorama within construction hoarding.

[view to be inserted] This will part of a long elevation strip located within the City of Hoarding.

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Dis-Continuous Anti-Monument over the City of London – Options

Three options for the overall layout of the plan

1)  The border of the hoarding wall is the border of the city, a discontinuous grid is inlaid

2) An orthogonal grid overlaid onto a square which approximates the borders of the City.

3) An orthogonal 100 meter grid overlaid onto the City of London.  Perhaps thicker walls follow the border of the City. The hoarding grows to accomodate construction sites within the existing urban fabric. Other hoarding extends beyond the City.

At this point I’m thinking option 3, as the most generic (and possibly Smithson-esque?) may be the best, especially if the mega-hoarding is to extend infinitely.  reactions greatly appreciated!

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City of London Panorama without its bridges

City of London Panorama without its bridges.  I plan to show those bridges which have not been removed and inserted into the city of the tour, but it is difficult deciding how.  Focusing on the great hoarding for the moment.  

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Construction of the Construction Hoarding

The City of Hoarding being all about frenzied development, it makes sense that the wall would be sometimes shown under construction itself.

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This is London

perhaps i don’t need to struggle with a title for this city because as opposed to The City of the Tour, it is an intervention TO London

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2 more images from the city of continual [dis]appearance

1. The national gallery reflected by the hoarding at the Kings cross development.  The other mirror reflects the Venturi’s addition to the gallery.  

2.  the ancient tower of london shrouded in hoarding which reflects the london aquatic center during its construction.

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Images from a city of continual [dis]appearance

1. the future of development is reflected by the tate modern in the hoarding of battersea power station. The pedestrian is immersed in the illusion via reflection.

2. the city of tourist icons becomes continuous via the mirrored hoarding of a ruin in reverse.

3. The horizontal as well as vertical hoarding is mirrored reflecting both the barbican and the partially constructed shard reaching ever closer towards the sky.

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city of [dis}appearance

The mirrored addition to the the hoarding reflects the completed monuments of tour city created the illusion of a continuous monumental strip. The city of residents can be seen in the distance beyond.

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Working things out

If I’m using hoarding as a canvas for smithsonesque mirrored sculptural interventions, what is the strategy of these interventions?

It could be used to disappear the unimaginable parts of the city (the ruins, ruins in reverse) or to reveal them. If it is used as a way of eliminating the ‘anti-sites’ than perhaps the ‘mirror city’ is the city between the tour bus city and the city of residents, making a concentric ring city. Perhaps this ‘border city’ contains the new monuments which are to be added to the tour bus city.

OR The hoarding could be the portal that links the two cities, or it could create the illusion of being in a continuous city when there are actually two cities intertwined.

Natasha or anyone–comments?

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Smithson Sculptures – use of mirrors

What would it mean to use construction hoarding as the canvas in a similar way as Smithson? Would the neat boundaries of developed versus the undeveloped or “developing” become confused and essentially dissapear? Reflection acts as a tool to both create and erase urban ruins or ruins in reverse. photocollages and possibly a physical model to follow.

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Time Lapse image of the development at the Olympic Site

red is taken from a satellite image from 2013
blue = 2008
yellow = 1999
grey = 1945

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Power of 10

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Eames Power of 10 for the City of the Resident (name subject to change).     City of the Tour A city constructed around an infinite hop-on/hop-off tour loop of the major tourist monuments of London. The conceptual physicality of … Continue reading

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time lapse construction

I want to do this with a drawing

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Power of 10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38ti9BJiyvsPower of Ten

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A page from the white book

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Down on the Bus Mall

On of the four bus parking and service stations within the City of the Tour.

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The City of the Tour

Plan for the City of the Tour – In progress

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Conceptual Map of the Tourist city of London unfolded

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Tourist/Anti-Tourist Map of Central London

Map showing the tightly-knit existing tourist network and the non-tourist/anti-monumental sites within the same area.

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Divided Cities Format

Which format is better? Opinions? berlinlayout2 berlinlayout1

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The Divided City

The map of Beszel/Ul Qoma/Orciny

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Ruin Restoration


she does sound italian, but hilarious anyway.

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Images of the Guide to the Monuments of London

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Disappearing London

Also: Disappearing London: http://www.london-footprints.co.uk/artdisldn2.htm

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a section of the map

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The Hope/The Barbican

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Guidebook = main product

cover and mock-up for folding page charting monuments in each alogon of the map…

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Sketch of possible mapping techniques

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Instagram monuments

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Sicilian Ghost Town – Poggioreale

It’s only 19 km from Gibellina, we should go!

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“Gateway Region”

place as gateway

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Highway Corruption in Southern Italy

interesting article

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Italy sacks city government

here

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Holes

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some new research

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Gordon Matta-Clark


1. area where 27-29 Beauborg once stood

2. conical intersect

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