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EXQUISITE (RE) INJECTION

A SOLID-VOID PROPOSITION

1 // WHY EXISTING BUILDINGS?


BUILT FORM AS A SITE FOR INTERVENTION

2 // WHAT IS SOLID AND WHAT IS VOID?


SURVIVAL OF THE SOLID IS BASED ON ACCEPTINGTHE VOIDS

3 // DOES THE VOID BECOME SOLID?


Sumer Matharu
OCCUPATION AND INHABITATION EVDA 682
Fall 2016
Instructor: Josh Taron
4 // WHAT NEXT? University of Calgary
A CONTINUOUS URBAN PROPOSITION Faculty of Environmental Design
FINAL BOARD LAYOUT
OVERVIEW //
ISSUES RAISED BY THE PROJECT

ZONING IN 2D VS. 3D

DESIGN PROCESS AND MATERIALITY


PHASE 4 PROGRAM
1 // WHY EXISTING BUILDINGS
existing programs existing FAR

max. FAR
injecting existing buildings
PRECEDENTS // PARASYTE

Parasyte // Anime

Lebbeus Woods // parasytic injection use of vistas to create voids void creation study
2 // SOLID AND VOID

existing context

buildings as solid and new space as void


0 // existing building mass 1 // location for workshop and classrooms 2 // void for workshop and classrooms

3 // location for studios 4 // void for studios 5 // location for artists residences

6 // void for residences


Existing
Offices

Maerial Shop /
Park Studio Spaces Storage
3000 sq.m. 500 sq.m

Admin Office Workshop


Public entrance Residential
50 sq.m. 2500 sq.m.

Classrooms Tool Room


Market 250 sq.m.
1150 sq.m.

Shared
Internal Food Washrooms with
Circulation / Vendors commercial
Stairs space

Mech and Elec


General Storage
rooms

Loading
Dock

intended program
floor plates for recycling

cast shells for reinsertion // 1

prefab plan for downtown cast shells for reinsertion // 2


reinsertion // an irreversible process
structural system // a vermicular process
the exquisite building
3 // DOES THE VOID BECOME SOLID?

new ways of inhabiting and circulating


west elevation // nts

circulation east elevation // nts


the exquisite city

ground level looking into the classroom space looking out through the studio insert
PHASE 3 //
STRUCTURAL CONCEPT

section picked for study

initial study
1st structural layer // receiving the inserts 2nd structural layer // the spine 3rd structural layer // the neck and new columns
sectional model in 3D section view // nts
PHASE 2 //
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

site analysis // focus on 10th ave. SW site analysis // section


Existing
Offices

Maerial Shop /
Park Studio Spaces Storage
3000 sq.m. 500 sq.m

Admin Office Workshop


Public entrance Residential
50 sq.m. 2500 sq.m.

Classrooms Tool Room


Market 250 sq.m.
1150 sq.m.

site analysis // focus on site 23

Shared
Internal Food Washrooms with
Circulation / Vendors commercial
Stairs space

Mech and Elec


General Storage
rooms

Loading
Dock

site analysis // max. FAR scenario


collaging excercise in Photoshop

3D collaging in Maya
floor plan 1

section

floor plan 2
perspective

model images
PHASE 1 // PRECEDENTS // PARASYTE
CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

precedent // anime // parasyte

precedent // lebbeus woods // free berlin zone precedent // lebbeus woods // parasytic injection
void finding from vistas

void creation
iteration 1
iteration 2
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

What I learnt terms of the general theme of the project, I unintentionally operated with a soild-void
This project for me was a continuation or building upon of what I would like to claim philosophy, which afterwards became the theme of the project based on Negarestanis
as my architectural sensibility. In straying away from conventional architectural ideas reading provided by Prof. Taron. I had the opportunity to discover new ways of looking
of building new structures or tearing down old buildings, this project takes a critical at materials and critique the current forms within architecture based on the materials
stance on the current state of architectural sustainability from an ever questioning made available to us because of mass manufacturing.
perspective. By using a critique of how wasteful current architectural practices are, I
found myself learning about a new perspective towards the currently built environment. What I would like to continue investigating
I believe I found myself as a designer and a person a bit more through this project. I I would like to continue to question conventional practices and materials within
discovered that my architectural thinking lays in the realm of conceptual foundations architecture and design. I believe that architecture is nearing its generational limit and
of the discipline which I would like to take forward into actual projects whether they will soon be trasncending to a new set of techniques and technologies with the advent
be small scale and sculptural, or whether they be building scale and inhabitable. In of computational thinking and manufacturing methods. In considering the fact that
terms of a quantative take on what I learnt, this project greatly enhanced my skills in we will have a large system of built infrastructure already in place, it is an opportunity
thinking diagramatically in 2D and 3D, in software, design thinking, representational to take advantage of in considering this system also as ground. Using architecture to
techniques, form fidning, and also in physical model building. I learnt a great deal induce a change within social and economic systems is another issue I would like to
about the solid-void architectural theory that my project was based on. continue investigating. I think architecture can be used to create a scenario similar
to that proposed by Constants New Babylon or even Buckminster Fullers Manual
What I thought I was doing for Spaceship Earth. It is only because of a system of greed and pursuit of monetary
At the beginning of the term, I was most definitely still trying to find a departure point gain that we continue to live the way we do in the current capitalistic phase of planet
for the direction of the project. After having found this direction, it felt as though Earth. By using architecture, this system can be reversed, or changed but this has to
I was trying to build upon the teachings of past radical thinkers such as Lebbeus be widespread. The third topic I would like to continue to investigate is how we plan
Woods while also extracting influence from other aspects of my own life experiences. our cities, and therefore zoning and its drawbacks along with the possibilities therein.
I thought I was dicovering new ways of form finding for new building typologies using
the descriptive geometry techniques that we were introduced to at the beginning of What I would like to improve upon
the term. I intended on using existing buildings, tearing them open and rearranging Going forward, I would like to improve and develop my skills when it comes to
them to meet societal and economic needs with a bias towards free thinking and an inhabitation of unconventional structures such as those I was dealing with in my
attempt to eliminate the current capitalistic cognitive map that we are trapped in. project. I would also like to improve my diagramming skills further in terms of speed
While keeping this intention in mind, I was trying to find a way to channel and contain of production.
all the constraints and techniques of the Studio in general. This led to an interesting
set of boundaries that the project had to operate within. Overall, I was deeply connected to this project and I am glad to have gone through
this experience.
What I actually ended up doing
Most of my intentions with this project stuck with me throughout the different phases.
With the introduction of a prefabrication aspect in the project, I took the tearing apart
of existing buildings in a new direction of recycling rather that repurposing as is. In