Performative Assemblages _ Thesis Project (main)

performative _ pərˈfôrmətiv
adj 
Linguistics & Philosophy
: relating to or denoting an utterance by means of which the speaker performs a particular act

as·sem·blage _ ə-ˈsem-blij
noun
: a collection of persons or things : gathering
: the act of assembling : the state of being assembled
: an artistic composition made from scraps, junk, and odds and ends
: the art of making assemblages

Project Synopsis

Performative Assemblages is a proposal that aims to blur the boundaries between industrial (production) and residential (consumption) use through scaled, layered and indeterminate programmes that allow for simultaneous and multiplicitous spaces of social and ecological performativity.

The project takes Henri Lefebvre’s Nested Scale theory as a basis for a methodology that works across scales, across time and across programmes.  This theory of nested scales conceptualises space, and its varying degrees of private and public (local/global, rural/urban), as infinitely related – these scales are defined and implied by their relatedness to others – and because of their infinite nature, there can be no totalisation, no synthesis, no completeness. This approach has led to a proposal that is multi-scaled, layered, indeterminate and purposfully ambiguous.  The project is strategic in its approach to the various layers within the programme – proposing a framework that facilitates tactical maneuvers, tweaks, hacks, infilling, appropriation.

Performative Assemblages is a collage, a bricolage – a coming together of diverse components – actors, agents, materials, forces – a multiplicity of assemblages, of varying scales, longevity, power and intent that reterritorialise simultaneously  – continually creating new assemblages – and it is this act of creating, making, producing, healing, salvaging, bridging, grounding, living, working, playing, cultivating that is the performative aspect of the proposal.  But, performativity is not only about the result of these actions – the performance, the outcome, the product.  It is also about the act of performing these actions – the stylised enactment of identity – the potential outcome of which is a strengthening and a centering – a continual redefining of communal identity – an identity that might allow for participation, difference and possiblity.

See also _ Architectural Discussion Essay _ The Performative Assemblages

The Final Pin-up was a non-hierarchical, non linear presentation of the proposed socio-economic programs and ecological interventions  - tied together by the contextual research and theory that underpinned the project.

The Final Pin-up was a non-hierarchical, non linear presentation of the proposed socio-economic programs and ecological interventions – tied together by the contextual research and theory that underpinned the project.

Multiplicity and Simultaneity _ This drawing is a layering of Ursus' spatial development over time (oldest streets are deeper) overlaid on geophysical morphologies (soil, water) as a means of revealing patterns, potentials and understanding Ursus' historic morphology in the context of today's socio-spatial issues.

Multiplicity and Simultaneity _ This drawing is a layering of Ursus’ spatial development over time (oldest streets are deeper) overlaid on geophysical morphologies (soil, water) as a means of revealing patterns, potentials and understanding Ursus’ historic morphology in the context of today’s socio-spatial issues.

Models formed an important part of the design process - This model maps the depths of first instances of ground water

Models formed an important part of the design process – This model maps the depths of first instances of ground water

 

Urban Grain - abstraction of Ursus' current and historic streets - everything all at once - This early concept model revealed a means of cutting through the large, inhuman blocks of the factory site, and a way to integrate the site with its context

Urban Grain – abstraction of Ursus’ current and historic streets – everything all at once – This early concept model revealed a means of cutting through the large, inhuman blocks of the factory site, and a way to integrate the site with its context

Design Strategy _ Context  _ design strategy booklet # 1 – Context & Site analysis

Strategies and Tactics - Concept masterplan for Ursus - a programme of strategic interventions put in place a framework for a more integrated and diverse Ursus. Inbteween, a programme of appropriation allow for tactical infilling by the community.

Strategies and Tactics – Concept masterplan for Ursus – a programme of strategic interventions put in place a framework for a more integrated and diverse Ursus. Inbteween, a programme of appropriation allow for tactical infilling by the community.

Synergies  - spaces of potential and existing actors with whom symbiotic links could  be forged are identified throughout Ursus creating an intangible and rhizomatic synergetic network of material and energy flows as well as providing opportunities for appropriating socio-cultural, economic and political flows Ambassadors - elements of the existing building (structure and materials) are disassembled and reassembled at key nodes as pavilions, bridges, sculpture and art tangibly bridging aspects of both past and present and inviting the possible.

Synergies – spaces of potential and existing actors with whom symbiotic links could be forged are identified throughout Ursus creating an intangible and rhizomatic synergetic network of material and energy flows as well as providing opportunities for appropriating socio-cultural, economic and political flows
Ambassadors – elements of the existing building (structure and materials) are disassembled and reassembled at key nodes as pavilions, bridges, sculpture and art tangibly bridging aspects of both past and present and inviting the possible.

Programmes within the site connect productive and consumption processes with existing synergies in the district. A layering of interconnected programmes creates resilience, as well as diversity of use creating a vibrant place that is occupied day and night.

Programmes within the site connect productive and consumption processes with existing synergies in the district. A layering of interconnected programmes creates resilience, as well as diversity of use creating a vibrant place that is occupied day and night.

Performative Landscape - the grids of the surrounding street patterns are overlaid and used as a basis for designing a landscape proposal that would integrate with context and programme

Performative Landscape – the grids of the surrounding street patterns are overlaid and used as a basis for designing a landscape proposal that would integrate with context and programme

Birds eye view of proposal

Birds eye view of proposal

View of New Street within the proposal, with shipping containers upcycled to create small interventions

View of New Street within the proposal, with shipping containers upcycled to create small interventions

At the building scale, the construction strategy is to strip the building back to its skeleton and then reassemble using salvaged materials. Construction is designed to be deconstructed - salvaged at the end of building life

At the building scale, the construction strategy is to strip the building back to its skeleton and then reassemble using salvaged materials. Construction is designed to be deconstructed – salvaged at the end of building life

Technical Strategy Booklet – Click to view technical resolutions/strategies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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