Content tagged: inviting form / expelling form
The anti-homeless ramp is a jarring intervention in the landscape of Sao Paulo. Designed by Andrea Matarazzo, then Sao Paulo’s Secretary of Services, the ramp was first implemented in 2005. The Inter-American Development Bank, as part of the Central Area Rehabilitation Program, funded its design and development. Made out of concrete, the ramp covers the area between the sidewalk and the cover of tunnels/viaducts where people found shelter before. Its surface is sufficiently angled and rough so that no one can sleep on it. The anti-homeless ramp is deliberately practical: it evicts homeless people from the city’s centre.
This project was supported by the Programa Brasil Arte Contemporânea, the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo and the Brazilian Ministry of Culture.
Graziela Kunsch is a Brazilian artist and Rafi Segal is a US based architect and writer.
This proposal for a zero-carbon house from lightweight self-insulating concrete components combines performative aspects of this sculptural material with plastic three-dimensional form making for aesthetic and inhabitational means. Structurally, the concrete wall elements overlap and stack over each other generating a highly articulated plastically modelled elevation. Configured of three base types and an additional trio generated by flipping the wall element by 180, a wide range of facade and room differentiations are generated. These sculptural forms produce expressive internal and external pocket spaces and loggias, poches with dynamically shaped walls, open to appropriation through the user/viewer. Barkow Leibinger are an American/German architecture firm based in Berlin.
This pavilion for the EXPO in Shanghai 2010, creates two specifically separated conditions: on the one side an atmospherically immersive space that enables the visitor to experience Austria on an emotional, nonverbal level, on the other a more didactic exhibition about the country’s economy. The pavilion’s main concepts of seamlessness, both spatially and materially, and curvilinearity produce an intense spatial experience for that evoke associations of bodies and skin with almost erotic connotations. Span Architecture and Design are based in Vienna, Austria. Photography: Maria Ziegelboeck
This site-specific installation of a compressed vault system at the SciArc Gallery, Los Angeles, uses a featherweight sheet material, intentionally confusing structural and material strategies. The project attempts to defamiliarise and create conflicted readings of normative architectural typologies. Voussoirs – wedge-shaped masonry blocks that form an arch – were created by folding paper-thin wood laminate along curved seams. A digital design and fabrication process enabled the exploration of the spatial consequences of mathematical relationships, such as curvature, number, size and relative position of components. The result has a strong sensorial presence: a light, porous surface of luminous wood pieces. Voussoir Cloud manages to engage its viewer on both a cognitive and sensual level. IwamotoScott is a San Francisco based architecture and design practice. Photography: Judson Terry.