City of Urban Robotz / Skyline Police (2009-2011)
CITY OF URBAN ROBOTZ If the city mandated that all buildings must devote at least 30% of its mass to be voids for communal activities, the metropolis can have many public spaces in the sky. The lifted public frames can view each other over great distances and define identities for every building as a robot of culture.
SKYLINE POLICE: City of Personas This proposal acknowledges the power of policy-making and its effects on the aesthetic limits for urban architecture. In this project, Skyline Police, we propose a new chapter in the zoning law that mandates each skyscraper to be formally challenging in its massing, and assume a persona. In archaeology, the measure of culture is often observed by the manifestations of aesthetic zeitgeist in architecture. For reasons of cultural legibility, we believe in the importance of the crudest outline of architecture that registers attentiveness to iconicity.
In the personification of iconicity in architecture, we decided to engage the human posture as a place to start imagining the relationship between body language and the differences of sensations when reading the same texts with different fonts. After studying proportions and postures, we deduced the production of attractive poses to few architectural elements: voids, cantilevers, blanket façades, atypical plans, and counter-intuition in weight distribution. More specifically, this zoning law advocates for economic and legal structures that values the opinions of academic endeavors and the development of culture.
It is our belief that architecture is the impetus of culture and the development of collectively subjective aesthetics must overcome the burden of economy. Through the participation of policy-making and the encouragement of legible broad strokes, the skyscraper of the 21st century may serve a purpose more than increasing slabs of real estate – it can exercise zeitgeist.
Phase 1: Jimenez Lai
Phase 2: Jimenez Lai, Sophie Kohn