CRUSHED CONCRETE 80M
STONES GRAVEL ASPHALT AND FIREPLACE
CRUSHED WINDOW SHIELDS
OIL CRUSHED RUBBER I-BEAM
CRUSHED BRICK RUNNING TRACK
AKROPOLIS / CASAGRANDE LABORATORY / 2004
The Agropolis including the swinging temple, running track, wheat fields, a forest of iron rods as well as an oil pool.
Leena Torim, architect, Soomaa I just came back from Paris. Paris is a human city indeed. Let's take Jardin de Luxembourg, where the pancake seller was very helpful and made jokes with us. Human beings can do all kinds of things in Paris: play, run, read books, take a nap, feed ducks (or pigeons)... A human place is also the smokesauna in Soomaa (small place in south-western Estonia), where you can get very clean and fresh, 'a new human being' as they say. The building is very small - humanscale. And local human beings are very friendly. People of different nations get different feelings Japanese shout for joy like little children, but Paris girls can interprete an invitation to sauna in a wrong way and won't ever forgive you. They are left without a hot smoke-sauna in a shore of a cold river in a cosy summer evening. It is a miracle-working elixire to both the human body and human spirit.
The Human Cocoon is a one man sleeping shelter that can be attached to a faâ€˘ade of any existing building, between two light poles, under a bridge, on a roof or into an abandoned building. The shelter will offer public privacy inside the city. The shelters are raised one floor above the street level and accessed by a ladder that can be lifted up to the shelter, when it is occupied. The steel construction offers protection against the weather and violence. There is a small stove inside the shelter for warming up and cooking food, burning leftover wood, cardboard or paper. The cocoons are providing a shelter for an urban metamorphosis by getting a decent sleep.
The modern metro polis needs the possibility of post industrial meditation. Many cities must be attacked with nature, including human nature. Architecture needs an archaic pilgrimage, religious anger in terms of human ecology. City must be a compost, otherwise it is working for destruction. The hectic rythm of life and dominance of economics reflects in the cityscape badly causing bad environments, ecological problems and the illusion of stress. The illusion of stress is the atmosphere in which pollution and prostitution is created. This atmosphere is closed and paranoic as in malaria. The atmosphere of temporarity is giving the cause not to think of future. Horizon is in no social value. Instead of design we need psychoanalysis.
led wood collected into the spots. Collection point of yesterdays bread, vegetables and other donated food. Urban picnic area with cover from the weather.
A unit for the homeless, travellers and other urban nomads to have a decent shower, maybe a shave, washing clothes and making food on public kitchens. Heating up the water and cooking the food with recyc-
The narrow plan of the dignity unit fits into parking lots, useless alleyways, rooftops etc.
STEEL SQUARE TUBE FRAME
STEEL SQUARE TUBE FRAME
CANVAS METAL WIRE
DIGNITY UNIT / HUMAN LAYER_LONDON / C-LABORATORY / 2004
PLANET EARTH ? No mysteries here. Everything is very simple and still we are more simple to ignore the simple truth. Now the time is somehow unique, since we have finally gained the tools to destroy this all - or at least ourselves. Degeneration is happening. Nature will win. The big question is, if the human nature will still be part of the nature. HUMAN BEING ? It is fascinating how we are turning into space ships operating in a vacuum. I miss the Middle Ages. Luckily among us is still people having the tools to bring us back there. We could try the dictatorship of sensitivity for a while. Not hippie, but fascist way. LONDON ? Great place. If London takes the Human Layer, it can change the world. London is the world. CIRCUS ? The presence of accident of possibility of accident is one of the driving forces of humanity and circus displays this in a pure way. This presence is lacking in architecture and urban planning in general having the design replacing reality. In the end architects, artists and humanists should be the ones sensitive enough to feel the real realities of human life and show the horizon, but they are too serious. Circus is not serious in academic ways. I believe circus has a chance. I live in a circus. My family is a circus family. My work is commedia dell architettura. COUNTRYSIDE ? Clean country living: vodka and incest. The city is degenerating the countryside aswell. CUBE ? Cube is good. I like the paradox of total control - like in Zen garden or with the cube. It gives the important possibility of making mistakes and losing control. GREEN ? Red is better. And black. White is good too. No other colours. BATHROOM ? Interesting phenomena. People are very happy pissing on trees and urinating on streets. Bathroom is quite a narsistic setting, nothing wrong with that. The dignity unit. NECKLACE ? I am too weak to wear any jewelery myself, yet, but the time may come. Necklace brings into my mind violent and pornographic atmospheres. GARBAGE / CARROT ? Garbage is as vital as bread. When in our work we find solutions for recycling material we are safe. This must be scaled up to a total megastructure of recycling, there is no other way. War is nothing, pollution is inhuman, disgustingly unnatural and stupid. In the garbage can be found the future of human kind. City must be a compost. PANTOMIME ? Commedia Dell Arte is the king of drama. And the marionets. Straight interface to dream world and subconscious. I think the politicians should only act pantomime way. This way all the nations would be one and wise. ESTLAND ? Estonia is a very fine country. You have still the dramatics of fastly growing and active creature. This kind of atmosphere is very important for all the world. Soon you will start degenerating too. Be clever to attack now. CREATIVITY ? Every man has creativity and every man is very clever to understand art. For this reason the dictatorship of sensitivity can happen. You canÂŤt learn creativity just learn to accept it and not to corrupt your initial feeling. ETERNITY ?All the human life must be in close connection with eternity. One must be able to take the liberty to go one thousand years back to realize the things are the same. Future is the big question, how long will the eternity last for us.