Lingering effects Msc1
Jan-Willem van der Male 02-09-2009
This semester was about Public Building, Border Conditions. In this course there was a certain method and approach which was mainly based on experimental design.
Camera obscura The first assignment was to build a pin-hole camera and take pictures of Rotterdam. This process was mainly to understand the apparatus you work with. Knowing the tools is essential in making the components of the design. The pictures had to be analyzed and taken apart. This way a new architectural language can be made. Breaking it all down into semantics, syntax and pragmatics creates
a new language of architectural expression. The first step was to take the pictures and derive a model from it. This model had to be a precise construction of different elements representing the semantics. In this case the pictures were taken apart into the intangible and tangible aspects of the senses found in places where people linger. The plains represent the window of view and the lines represent the different points of view. The next model was an attempt to capture
the intangible elements such as smell and touch. It was a process of re-creating the feeling and capturing it in a shape which then is transformed into a substantial object. Lingering effects The final design of the public building used the intangible model as essence of the buildingâ€™s shape. A grid is introduced to create tangible order. Volumes are combined to create glass houses or open
squares. These objects allow uses which are spontaneous. In the end the intangible shape is made substantial by introducing a corten-steel â€œroofâ€?. This roof combines all volumes and shapes and introduces the element of time. This can be seen as rust caused by rain. The concrete volumes will transform into rusty beings which continually change during time. In the end the whole public building will be a combination of order and chaos showing the past and present.