Student(s): Zach Zaworski
Instructor(s): Stephen Turk
Course: ARCH 4420: Architectural Design VI
Term: Spring 2016

The objective was to speculate on a futuristic society where architecture populates the entire world. As architecture populates the earth, it creates an artificial nature, accommodating for animal species. The processes began by transforming the 1909 Theorem, and investigate how it manifests itself into two Koolhaas seminal projects. The goal was to create a two-dimensional hybrid drawing, which was further translated into a three-dimensional axon. The next step was to create a log rhythmic scalar transformation from our Koolhaas precedents. The goal of this exercise was to create landscape-like effects by rapidly transforming our precedents through aggregation, multiplication, and pixilation. The next phase of this studio was to do extensive animal research. After the collective research phase, the next challenge was to create a narrative, speculating on a society where animal species from all domains could coexist side by side, including humans. From this narrative, we were to extract ten different contiguous scenarios within our interpretation of architecture landscapism. Based off of Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture, we had to pick a location off of a Latitude or Longitudinal line that intersected through the center of London. Then we were to create a core section, using our narrative and our location. The next task was to create an octree by isolating part of our core section and by subdividing it into eight parts. The final phase was to make a sophisticated children’s book which best portrayed the mood of our society, of our individual depiction of architecture landscapism.

Prologue:

 

Once upon a time there were individualists with desires. These were Individuals seeking self-identity, self-worth, and above all, objects. Then there was the baby boom. More individuals were born seeking these desires, and then they gave birth to another round of individuals seeking these same desires. Soon all of these desires evolved from the individual to the collective. Individuals became aggregated, representing a monolithic whole, causing institutions to systematize the way we eat, the way we sleep, and the way we build. As a part of the collective, we’ve become hoarders locked into our obsession to accumulate objects. Our individual desires led us to create an architectural wasteland. We consumed the limits of nature and in the process, formed our own artificial nature. For centuries, we’ve been forcing our own culture on primitive species. In consequence, animal species from all domains of life started to adapt certain behaviors, causing us all to live in a culture of sameness.