Time: Memory in Space
Time: Memory in Space _ Diego Terna
More and more frequently architecture grapples with the reuse, restoration and adaptation of historic buildings that time has turned into heritage, as a mindset increasingly wary of resource waste forces their reconsideration as interlocutors rather than as obstacles to be demolished. Designers thus face work that contemplates time as well as space.
On the centenary of its presentation, we will rely therefore on a line of inquiry that more than any other poetically explains the inextricable bond between space and time: Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
Thanks to the German physicist, time has become matter, a tangible object to be manipulated—a manipulation we will see exemplified in the design of amulets, small objects that store memories, capable of extending an influence which, for the person who guards them, not only relates a past narrative, but alters the present environment. By manipulating the memory of past events one can build a richer future.
The projects presented here manipulate time, through memory, in various ways, but the essence of each centers on the definition of spatial fetishes which greatly enrich the spatial complexity of the building.
Density in Context
Design Strategies for Site-Specific Housing
Density in Context: Design Strategies for Site-Specific Housing _ Isabel Potworowski
Our cities are becoming increasingly dense, as changing contemporary lifestyles attract people to live close to active urban centres, where they can benefit from cultural activities and the conveniences of public services. With the conveniences of dense urban dwellings, however, comes the potential inconvenience of living among a diverse population. As today’s hectic lifestyles make it difficult to establish links with our neighbourhoods and surroundings, this diversity risks becoming a threat to our privacy and security, instead of an advantage of urban life. Related to this challenge, recent medium-density housing projects are developing various strategies for establishing connections with the surrounding context, and between the individual dwelling units within. These connections are achieved in three ways: by giving the project a strong and specific visual identity that derives from and dialogues with the formal qualities of the site, by providing communal places for social exchange between residents, and by connecting these internal and communal areas with the surrounding public space.