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Vita del Muro: Co-inhabiting the Aurelian Wall

Interviewee:
Lisa Fransson, Karin Frykholm & Rron Bexheti

What drew you to the architecture of the wall and to re-imagine this within our contemporary context?

Since the Aurelian wall has a permanence in the city of Rome and has been resiliant in its use we wanted to take this even further by answering to a contemporary need. As a monument, it is treated with fairly little respect. Where it is needed, the wall is torn down, built upon or inhabited. This aspect is not necessarily bad but rather an answer to why this ancient infrastructural piece has survived for so long. #art #architecture #artitecture #koozarch

Vita del Muro: Co-inhabiting the Aurelian Wall Interviewee: Lisa Fransson, Karin Frykholm & Rron Bexheti What drew you to the architecture of the wall and to re-imagine this within our contemporary context? Since the Aurelian wall has a permanence in the city of Rome and has been resiliant in its use we wanted to take this even further by answering to a contemporary need. As a monument, it is treated with fairly little respect. Where it is needed, the wall is torn down, built upon or inhabited. This aspect is not necessarily bad but rather an answer to why this ancient infrastructural piece has survived for so long. #art #architecture #artitecture #koozarch - 2 days ago

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Paper-being

Interviewee:
Nida Ekenel

What questions does the project raise and which does it address?

I would say, all the issues are around this main question: what could be a shrewd reason to live together in the present? It seems problem occurs when we perceive ourselves being on this world rather than of this world [4]. When it comes to possession we are insatiable, but we deify ourselves from actually belonging to this world. When current cities are primarily built upon human activity, our reasons of staying together don’t make sense. However, if we consider the ecosystem as a more diverse integrity with all the living and non-living including ourselves, we could find a thorough connection for existence. Thus the outdated idea that human beings are encroachments for the nature therefore they should be separated – being imprisoned in the cities, apartment cells etc. – is initially a problematic approach because it operates on the assumption that humans are not of this world.
Then other questions come to one’s mind; how do we rediscover our nature to be of this world? One possible answer is to, live like the older times when humans were not ruling the world and were aware of its strong connection. The other would be assuming we are living in a complete different system. However, the first would be ignoring the ever developing civilization like a Luddite.. and the second to shun all the difficulties of reality and built another utopia.
Here, I concentrated what architecture could do for this issue. I thought a new prelude, in fact, would lead us to a different end. This was when paper-being came to existence, to start a parallel evolution. Thus the project became an experiment of subverting the urban process. Instead of starting the life by human activity, it could start by something far-less anthropocentric [5] and built all its connections till human beings…In this way, we could have a different story. #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture

Paper-being Interviewee: Nida Ekenel What questions does the project raise and which does it address? I would say, all the issues are around this main question: what could be a shrewd reason to live together in the present? It seems problem occurs when we perceive ourselves being on this world rather than of this world [4]. When it comes to possession we are insatiable, but we deify ourselves from actually belonging to this world. When current cities are primarily built upon human activity, our reasons of staying together don’t make sense. However, if we consider the ecosystem as a more diverse integrity with all the living and non-living including ourselves, we could find a thorough connection for existence. Thus the outdated idea that human beings are encroachments for the nature therefore they should be separated – being imprisoned in the cities, apartment cells etc. – is initially a problematic approach because it operates on the assumption that humans are not of this world. Then other questions come to one’s mind; how do we rediscover our nature to be of this world? One possible answer is to, live like the older times when humans were not ruling the world and were aware of its strong connection. The other would be assuming we are living in a complete different system. However, the first would be ignoring the ever developing civilization like a Luddite.. and the second to shun all the difficulties of reality and built another utopia. Here, I concentrated what architecture could do for this issue. I thought a new prelude, in fact, would lead us to a different end. This was when paper-being came to existence, to start a parallel evolution. Thus the project became an experiment of subverting the urban process. Instead of starting the life by human activity, it could start by something far-less anthropocentric [5] and built all its connections till human beings…In this way, we could have a different story. #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture - 4 days ago

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Death for the city (HK)

Interviewee:
Lim Yu Heng 
What is for you the strength of the image as a means to expand an architectural concept from our realm beyond to the social and political systems?

All paper architecture is crucial in shaping the way we perceive the social and political climate of our society. It is utterly vital to be able to think critically about a certain issue and to carefully design the approach in order to give depth and foundation towards the concept. This must be achieved before an image can be successful to proliferate the idea. With an impactful image, it would spur new ideas beyond architecture. And hopefully, my project would achieve that level of influence. #art #architecture #koozarch

Death for the city (HK) Interviewee: Lim Yu Heng What is for you the strength of the image as a means to expand an architectural concept from our realm beyond to the social and political systems? All paper architecture is crucial in shaping the way we perceive the social and political climate of our society. It is utterly vital to be able to think critically about a certain issue and to carefully design the approach in order to give depth and foundation towards the concept. This must be achieved before an image can be successful to proliferate the idea. With an impactful image, it would spur new ideas beyond architecture. And hopefully, my project would achieve that level of influence. #art #architecture #koozarch - 10 days ago

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Space Oddities

Interviewee:
Dalia Puodžiūtė

What questions does the project raise and which does it answer?

Most importantly the project aims to shift focus to the existing situations of abandonment within the rapidly changing urban contexts. What is the role of neglected enclaves such as cemeteries in urban situations? How they could be relinked with the cities? How those odd and eerie spaces reflect the urban conditions or environmental issues happening within the localities? How to respect each religion yet twist burial methodologies to sustainable options? The project raises more questions than it does answer which was the exact aspiration – to speculate on the discovered situations, raise discourses as well as open up the potential for entanglement with other locations and continuum of the theme. #art #architecture #koozarch

Space Oddities Interviewee: Dalia Puodžiūtė What questions does the project raise and which does it answer? Most importantly the project aims to shift focus to the existing situations of abandonment within the rapidly changing urban contexts. What is the role of neglected enclaves such as cemeteries in urban situations? How they could be relinked with the cities? How those odd and eerie spaces reflect the urban conditions or environmental issues happening within the localities? How to respect each religion yet twist burial methodologies to sustainable options? The project raises more questions than it does answer which was the exact aspiration – to speculate on the discovered situations, raise discourses as well as open up the potential for entanglement with other locations and continuum of the theme. #art #architecture #koozarch - 14 days ago

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GARBA(R)GE

Interviewee:
Alicja Szczesniak @ Architecture and Extreme Environment, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen 
What prompted the project?

The ‘Architecture and Extreme Envionments’ programme at KADK, Copenhagen – within which this project was proposed – puts a big emphasis on thorough and targeted research alongside fieldwork done on-site at a designated place that becomes the physical context for the school year. Research took different forms. The Garba(r)ge project was initially prompted by a varied set of infographics; produced to get to know better the context, demographics, history, cultural aspects of Alaska – the broad location for the studio in 2018/2019. A fieldtrip to the US state in November/December 2018 further opened my eyes to challenges I had identified and problems the population were struggling with – significantly those of resource use and the implementation of a circular economy. Alaska’s vastness, remotnessness, overflowing landfills and challenges of recycling all put me on a path towards the Garba(r)ge. #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture

GARBA(R)GE Interviewee: Alicja Szczesniak @ Architecture and Extreme Environment, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen What prompted the project? The ‘Architecture and Extreme Envionments’ programme at KADK, Copenhagen – within which this project was proposed – puts a big emphasis on thorough and targeted research alongside fieldwork done on-site at a designated place that becomes the physical context for the school year. Research took different forms. The Garba(r)ge project was initially prompted by a varied set of infographics; produced to get to know better the context, demographics, history, cultural aspects of Alaska – the broad location for the studio in 2018/2019. A fieldtrip to the US state in November/December 2018 further opened my eyes to challenges I had identified and problems the population were struggling with – significantly those of resource use and the implementation of a circular economy. Alaska’s vastness, remotnessness, overflowing landfills and challenges of recycling all put me on a path towards the Garba(r)ge. #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture - 15 days ago

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#Archipelago by A Series of Rooms @aseriesofrooms (Bonell+Dòriga) is an exploration into the imaginary of the #housing archetype – as portrayed in #art, #media and human studies.

Space is turned into a massive sculpture, its façades are removed. The rooms are visible, existent in themselves, but impossible to inhabit. [Rachel Whiteread, House, 1993] #art #architecture #artitecture #koozarch

#Archipelago by A Series of Rooms @aseriesofrooms (Bonell+Dòriga) is an exploration into the imaginary of the #housing archetype – as portrayed in #art , #media and human studies. Space is turned into a massive sculpture, its façades are removed. The rooms are visible, existent in themselves, but impossible to inhabit. [Rachel Whiteread, House, 1993] #art #architecture #artitecture #koozarch - 16 days ago

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#Archipelago by A Series of Rooms @aseriesofrooms (Bonell+Dòriga) is an exploration into the imaginary of the #housing archetype – as portrayed in #art, #media and human studies.

A grandma’s kitchen, measured [Lara Agosti, title and date unknown] #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture

#Archipelago by A Series of Rooms @aseriesofrooms (Bonell+Dòriga) is an exploration into the imaginary of the #housing archetype – as portrayed in #art , #media and human studies. A grandma’s kitchen, measured [Lara Agosti, title and date unknown] #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture - 16 days ago

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#Archipelago by A Series of Rooms @aseriesofrooms (Bonell+Dòriga) is an exploration into the imaginary of the #housing archetype – as portrayed in #art, #media and human studies.

A human-scaled space is established by the positioning of four people and a piece of fabric [Franz Erhard Walther, Vier Körpergewichte (Four Body Weights), 1968] #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture

#Archipelago by A Series of Rooms @aseriesofrooms (Bonell+Dòriga) is an exploration into the imaginary of the #housing archetype – as portrayed in #art , #media and human studies. A human-scaled space is established by the positioning of four people and a piece of fabric [Franz Erhard Walther, Vier Körpergewichte (Four Body Weights), 1968] #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture - 16 days ago

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Il Paesaggio Costruito

Interviewee:
Edoardo Tresoldi
What informed the necessity to document the project through a publication?

I see ‘Il Paesaggio Costruito’ as an archive. It is a box which encloses a selection of documents which amongst other elements also include process images which were taken throughout both the research and execution of the project, a series of undisclosed narratives in opposition to final images of the ‘completed’ artefact.
The ‘archive’, which can itself be considered as a parallel project, was born out of the frustration of not then being able to share Simbiosi as a whole. Too often one is presented with the final artefact and neglects all of the work in progress and behind the scenes. The transparency inherent to working with mesh means that there are numerous very poetic moments within the construction process whereby clouds seem to be moved by cranes etc that I wanted to capture and convey to my audience. For me these images which are bound in my memory, are very significant as they often end up informing projects to come. The construction phase then becomes a great moment of research and not only of execution.
The decision to print it as limited edition on the other hand arose partially as a commentary to our over consumption of objects, I wanted the book to have a finite n. of copies which would challenge the possibility of reprinting volumes in the future. Contemporarily a decision was made to not share the material enclosed within this ‘archive’ through digital channels.
#art #architecture #artitecture #koozarch

Il Paesaggio Costruito Interviewee: Edoardo Tresoldi What informed the necessity to document the project through a publication? I see ‘Il Paesaggio Costruito’ as an archive. It is a box which encloses a selection of documents which amongst other elements also include process images which were taken throughout both the research and execution of the project, a series of undisclosed narratives in opposition to final images of the ‘completed’ artefact. The ‘archive’, which can itself be considered as a parallel project, was born out of the frustration of not then being able to share Simbiosi as a whole. Too often one is presented with the final artefact and neglects all of the work in progress and behind the scenes. The transparency inherent to working with mesh means that there are numerous very poetic moments within the construction process whereby clouds seem to be moved by cranes etc that I wanted to capture and convey to my audience. For me these images which are bound in my memory, are very significant as they often end up informing projects to come. The construction phase then becomes a great moment of research and not only of execution. The decision to print it as limited edition on the other hand arose partially as a commentary to our over consumption of objects, I wanted the book to have a finite n. of copies which would challenge the possibility of reprinting volumes in the future. Contemporarily a decision was made to not share the material enclosed within this ‘archive’ through digital channels. #art #architecture #artitecture #koozarch - 18 days ago

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Tokyo Déprogramée

Interviewee:
Alicia De Nobrega, Génesis Loizaga
How do your collages allude to a different use and understanding of this new space?

Our objective was to evidence the life cycle through the water cycle, using deprogramming as an excuse to generate a “free of specific uses” proposal, therefore free of the consumption of objects.
The collages show everything that could happen in these spaces that we have created: we only wanted to generate the minimum spatial framework for life to happen: to be born, to live, to create, to eat, to bathe, to cry and to die. These were for us the fundamental acts from which we started to design the proposal. In this sense we propose multifunctional spaces, where water can circulate freely through them, and generate different atmospheres, depending on the fundamental act being carried out in a space (bearing in mind that the action could change space with freedom: everything or nothing could happen, we have only created an architectural framework).

Tokyo Déprogramée Interviewee: Alicia De Nobrega, Génesis Loizaga How do your collages allude to a different use and understanding of this new space? Our objective was to evidence the life cycle through the water cycle, using deprogramming as an excuse to generate a “free of specific uses” proposal, therefore free of the consumption of objects. The collages show everything that could happen in these spaces that we have created: we only wanted to generate the minimum spatial framework for life to happen: to be born, to live, to create, to eat, to bathe, to cry and to die. These were for us the fundamental acts from which we started to design the proposal. In this sense we propose multifunctional spaces, where water can circulate freely through them, and generate different atmospheres, depending on the fundamental act being carried out in a space (bearing in mind that the action could change space with freedom: everything or nothing could happen, we have only created an architectural framework). - 20 days ago

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The Deep

Interviewee:
Marie Zeen Eriksson

You talk about parametric as a tool of adaptation, how does this apply to your project?

Due to climate changes and sea-level, rise in the upcoming decades in addition to the growing population in coastal areas, the built environment needs to adapt to this situation. Parametric design can solve problems using measurable factors and variables where these features can be adjusted to generate different climate-adapted unique solutions. Investing in environmental adapted architecture and infrastructure not only contributes to maintaining the standard of liv- ing but can also help to avoid material and human losses caused by extreme weather such as flooding. The control of mass is critical in the engineering of floating structures and to be able to produce economically sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions based on the ability
to predict and evaluate flood risk, and to calculate climate adaptation costs – parametric digital tooling is crucial to predict risk assessments and to clarify decisions of future investments. In this way, errors can be detected early in the design process before it goes into production, saving both time and money. #art #architecture #artitecture #koozarch

The Deep Interviewee: Marie Zeen Eriksson You talk about parametric as a tool of adaptation, how does this apply to your project? Due to climate changes and sea-level, rise in the upcoming decades in addition to the growing population in coastal areas, the built environment needs to adapt to this situation. Parametric design can solve problems using measurable factors and variables where these features can be adjusted to generate different climate-adapted unique solutions. Investing in environmental adapted architecture and infrastructure not only contributes to maintaining the standard of liv- ing but can also help to avoid material and human losses caused by extreme weather such as flooding. The control of mass is critical in the engineering of floating structures and to be able to produce economically sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions based on the ability to predict and evaluate flood risk, and to calculate climate adaptation costs – parametric digital tooling is crucial to predict risk assessments and to clarify decisions of future investments. In this way, errors can be detected early in the design process before it goes into production, saving both time and money. #art #architecture #artitecture #koozarch - 22 days ago

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Flooded London

Interviewee:
Squint Opera @squintopera  What drew you to revisit these images today, more than a decade later?

The world is currently standing on the verge of a potential climate catastrophe and therefore these images have become more relevant than ever Last month the UK became the first country to declare a climate emergency, and we felt it was the right time to revisit these images to help Londoners imagine how the seemingly abstract concept of climate change might affect their everyday lives, through familiar parts of the city. #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture

Flooded London Interviewee: Squint Opera @squintopera What drew you to revisit these images today, more than a decade later? The world is currently standing on the verge of a potential climate catastrophe and therefore these images have become more relevant than ever Last month the UK became the first country to declare a climate emergency, and we felt it was the right time to revisit these images to help Londoners imagine how the seemingly abstract concept of climate change might affect their everyday lives, through familiar parts of the city. #art #architecture #koozarch #artitecture - 25 days ago

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