This project is a criticism of the different hierarchical, bureaucratical and economic systems that reign society and the word. The project is not to be seen with any biased opinion; either anarchy, communism or socialism. This is just a critic of a reality that our world faces today; money and power dictate our everyday life and reflects on the shallowness of the systems.
THE “ENTRECOURTORIUM” IS A TOOL FOR THE PEOPLE WITHOUT A VOICE. Is a refuge from the things these systems can do to them when the truth comes out. Architecture is not going to change the world, but it may change the way the ones higher see the ones below. –
The users of the “entrecourtorium” do not believe in the established system; for them, it is rotten from the inside. That’s why they don’t work by their rules. They find alternatives to fix problems. The architecture as a tool provides office workers with an opportunity to express their oppressed feelings and share them with people below them in the social hierarchical pyramid.
_communication between individuals, groups, countries, etc.
_interchange of thoughts and feelings between an individual and a higher being or nature.
_sexual relations or a sexual coupling.
What prompted the project?
The brief was to design an ambulatory architecture that would serve one or more of the definitions of intercourse:
1. Communication to and for between countries
2. Social communication between individuals
3. Communion between man and that which is spiritual or unseen
4. Sexual connection
The Entrecourtorium a place for intercourse as Professor Scott Singeisen defines it, comes from a methodology of using non-googable typologies as a way to maximize the process of learning and of creation.
What was your initial response to the brief? To what extent and how did this develop into the final project?
My initial response was to find a site or in this case as it is a site less architecture an environment or habitat. And for the architecture to move around the kind of extensions/tool/legs that it would use to move around naturally. The habitat that called my attention the most was city’s and within them the micro-habitat of financial districts such as New York, London or Hong Kong. With that in mind the thought of the extremities became present, the research landed on hydraulic arms with a two-way pivoting base and glass vacuum suction cups. After this it was a matter of knowing more about the client that in this case where the office workers of the skyscrapers in the city.
How important was the collage as medium through which to explore and text ideas?
The use of collages was a crucial part of the process. They were a way to explore ideas I had in my mind, sometimes ideas that where until that point unconscious, and I wouldn’t have understood them if I had not made them tangible through collage. Collage is so successful, because it is a way to connect ideas fast and makes them easy to understand and digest. It’s a way to keep making the idea more complex thought-out reiteration. Therefore, it helped me understand the core of my project as I kept adding ideas that I had not discovered before. These collages then became polysemic, images with different layers of meaning which can be read in different ways upon each person’s perspective.
To what extent did this grow in complexity as the project itself became more complex and articulated?
In the beginning, I did not see the complexity of the project. But as I observed deeply it came to my knowledge the amount of information that was already there. As the conceptual aspect in the polysemic drawing and the more technical aspect of the project in the cut-out drawing became more in detail the project grew into complexity. At first, the program offered a space where you came to liberate stress from work and you only had communication with people inside it. Nevertheless, it slowly became a place of anarchy where you not only could speak freely inside it but also the thoughts of the ones inside were expressed as one voice out to society, connecting the people and raising awareness.
What is your take on color? What defined the palette for this specific project?
As to this project’s color was indeed important. It was most of all a way through which I made the ideas merge graphically. The red, oranges and yellow are colors that instigate attention and/or even caution, as it is in nature where animals uses color to and not only camouflage prevent or even show their moods. The colors of the project can take you into a specific period and sets the mood to what the project represents. Additionally, these same colors were used in a lot of communist propaganda, posters and imagery. More recently these colors where used by Shepard Fairey contemporarystreet artist, graphic designer,activistand illustratorto communicate controversial social and political topics and to create awareness of these issues.
The project wasn’t anymore an architecture project it was talking about challenging the system to move forward and to be more balance. It was clear after the idea reach that point of maturity that this where the colors that better represented the project. That project not only needed that attention that it needed emphasis; and the colors where controversial enough to be used nowadays for that purpose.
What defined the final images and language of representation through which you articulate the project?
Drawings as the polysemic are important to communicate a conceptual project clearly and these where a tool introduced by Prof. Singeisen which proposed the polysemic as a main conceptual expression. Then there is all the influence from research that ended up being imagery in the collages, each image representing a small part of the project and then becoming a combination with a bigger meaning. Imagery that resulted from site, client, program, structure, technology and theory investigation. Finally, there is all that knowledge and what is learned and seen in popular culture. That paranoia of the reality of the world that we live in today, the injustices and the race for power that make us less humans. This imagery came from people that has used their own tools to talk about this topic as Pink Floyd album ‘Animals’, George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’, ‘The Metamorphosis” of Frank Kafka and others.
Could you dwell further on the interior space of this new device?
The apparatus moves through town, inviting certain people in, this is controlled with data base of facial recognition and body language. It steals energy from adjacent buildings and hides from authorities in between them if it is necessary. As a refuge for this people it is a place for dwelling. The entrecourtorium was designed to let members of this society in and out with a set of hydraulic capsules that can extend to buildings, specially rooftops, a place of both positive and negative feelings. It has multiple facilities to make life comfortable, but it does not auto-sustains life. Members can commute to conspire and talk freely with similar thinkers selected by the machine. They can make shifts to maintain the space of investigation and questioning of the systems that oppress the city.
The entrecourturiom only works if humans have the courage to speak their minds. As a machine it would not work without us, so it needs a group of people as any other revolution does. Some people support revolution but there are the ones who take justice in their own hand. At the end is only on humans to do what is right to save the world.