editorial brief III – simulation of new realities: representation of intentions on site 1:1

Super-sized replicas

We find an interesting paradox in these temporary infrastructures, that are used for the renovation processes of facades. The wrap covering the facade is used to shield the construction site, and at the same time, to express the content or intentions behind. The literal representation of the future (but yet) original facade ensures passers-by that the object under construction is not altered and won’t affect the context.

In fact, these temporary infrastructures are a futuristic representation of something that already exists.

We have recognized that this method of publishing future buildings on site has become very popular in different cities in Europe. This picture has been taken in London, in the area of Knightsbridge. Only the interior will be transformed; the original facade will be renovated.

The imprint method on the wrapped facade has unlimited formats, from drawings to photorealistic renders. In this particular case, it is a 2D digital drawing that focusses on architectural elements to ensure the passers-by that the original architectural style prevails. Windows and neoclassical decorative elements are primer to volume and geometry.

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In the third round we focus on the use of these infrastructures that are used as a method of publishing future buildings on site in real scale and therefore, using the city as a model. By studying this phenomena, we would like to question whether it could be applied as a design method.

The tool(s) for representation become(s) a tool for design; the future object is (as abstraction) placed in its context in real scale – where the impact (the intentions, the result) can be tested, measured and altered.

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Imagine the volume

An aluminum structure is used to outline the (edges of) the volumetric appearance of future urban developments, simulating them on site on a scale 1:1. Almost an invisible indication within the present context, that requires ‘action’ or active attention of the passers-by to imagine the volumetric (and architectural/detailed) infill within this framework and its potential impact within the context. How sunlight will pass through, what shadows will be projected, which existing perspectives will be altered?

This structure is called ‘Baugespann’ or ‘Bauvisiere’ and it is a method of representing future urban transformations on site, on a scale 1:1, as part of the construction permit procedure in Switzerland. The neighbors of the future building are directly involved in the process of the site transformation since they have twenty days to react to the city planning department on this development.

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In the third round we focus on the use of these infrastructures that are used as a method of publishing future buildings on site in real scale and therefore, using the city as a model. By studying this phenomena, we would like to question whether it could be applied as a design method.

The tool(s) for representation become(s) a tool for design; the future object is (as abstraction) placed in its context in real scale – where the impact (the intentions, the result) can be tested, measured and altered.

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