The aim this week has been to see the project in terms of that crucial argument of a divide between the ‘public’ and ‘private’ realm.
I‘ve been considering what an overview of the project can be in terms of this core argument. I wanted to look at how cities are made to see where the divide between public and private is initiated. I looked at the work of Ricky Burdett and the Projective Cities MPhil. As it turns out, its not through the practice of ‘city making’, but through more general cultural and ideological developments. In the Slab project these varying cultural trends are embodied in a number of architectural typologies. The architectural relationship between these typologies then defines new ways for these embodied cultural trends to combine, interact and generate new outputs – new significance for the city.
The architectural typologies are: 1) The elevated space of production 2) The vertical political space (the Zhukov tower) 3) The environmentally programmed streets 4) Voids 5) Interior capsular spaces 6) Designed borders. They are an embodiment of the following parameters: cultural, social, political, historical, economic. Under the slab the elements can combine to create either an open (in the case of the market) or a series of closed systems (everywhere else).
I’m reading that the practice of urban design works by delivering the concept/theory of a city model through the practice of architecture. Architecture is defined into typologies, that then have a conceptual possibility. The combination of these typologies – or architectures at a diagrammatic level – are what makes up the ‘urban plan’ which is seen as something theoretical. Architecture is seen as ‘practice’ and the socio-political and cultural context is seen as ‘theory’.
If this is the case, I would argue that in terms of process, ‘practice’ is [procreative] labour – whereas ‘theory’ is derived from an analysis of socio-political and cultural trends – it’s formative.
In terms of the application of this concept, it is actually architecture that is fluid, and theory that is formative.
As I’m reading, cities are a mix of the cultural, social, political, historical and economic. The slab idea derives several architectural, project specific typologies. 1) The elevated space of production 2) The vertical political space (the Zhukov tower) 3) The environmentally programmed streets 4) Voids 5) Interior capsular spaces 6) Designed borders