Propelling forwards



Continuous Surface History Booklet in the works

Liberation started off as a critique on the absurdity of defining an idea, theory, utopia or movement around a single word defined by its formal attributes, just in the way that the oblique has defined the function of the oblique. When a theory or idea is related to you, it immediately alters your reading of it. It becomes very difficult to contest a theory that is defined by a representation of a form without having experienced its space. The role of the architect is to ensure that the theory may continuously be challenged so that none of its cultural and experiential attributes are ignored. Liberation then evolves to serve the purpose of continuously challenging the preconceived notions of others so that a theory may evolve to become current and relevant.

The most conventional and overly exhausted outcome of the function of the oblique is the continuous surface. The common result of anything that has been over done is that it usually leads to an underdeveloped design that is constantly repeated. The continuous surface has suffered this fate and has met its expiration date. The most common links for all utopian theories and projects is the need to liberate and disassociate itself from the existing conventional architectural styles of the moment. Now that the continuous surface has become a conventional architectural style, what comes next? There is no clear cut answer to this. The only thing to do is to constantly question and challenge existing models in the hopes of developing something relevant to the now.

The Function of the fold questions and challenges the preconceived notions of the continuous surface by generating a continuous surface of narratives. It begins with the flat plane which is ground zero for most utopian theories and slowly folds on to itself to reveal different conditions that have been time and time again used to generate utopian theories. A key feature it possesses is its ability to transgress at different speeds and times, three major scales: which is that of the room, the building and the city by allowing multiple views and folds of a singular object. These transgressions through the folds challenge the disjunction between the utopian reality and the existing reality by creating a walkthrough of the representations so that one may actually experience them.

In order to propel it forward, the idea of transgressing scales needs to be tested within an existing context. The concept is to design a block in a city with the base elements of work, social life and living. Following the uninterrupted circulation of the different users who occupy the block, programs and enclosures are defined. There will be moments where the different circulation paths and users will confront each other resulting in shifts between enclosures and programs. Using the techniques developed in the function of the fold, these programs and enclosure will be defined. It is building a Utopian vision not on a tabula rasa but adapting it to the ever changing existing urban fabric of the city.

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