Thursday, March 15, 2012

Supergrid renewable energy infrastructure by Clint Langevin & Amy Norris

Karya tesis-project dari University of Toronto, Clint Langevin yang berkolaborasi dengan Amy Norris mengajukan proposal untuk menciptakan infrastruktur energy dari tambang bekas yang terabaikan di Amerika.  
Lokasinya tepatnya berada di Tar Creek Lead dan Zinc Mine di Picher, Oklahoma

Langevin's and Norris's work highlights the area's surreal, almost  Cappadocian landscape: "Dozens of waste rock piles, some up to 13-storeys high," they write, "and contaminated ground and surface water are the legacy of mining operations in the area, which produced a significant portion of the lead used in the World Wars."
Solar energy generation is introduced as an economic catalyst on the site.The architects specifically propose "a structure that raises the solar energy infrastructure off the ground [and] creates the opportunity to host other activities on the site, as well as to remediate the polluted ground and waterways. 
The concrete structure, pre-fabricated using waste rock material from the site, is assembled in a modular fashion from a kit of parts that accommodates a variety of programs."
"Importantly," the architects add, "the hollow structure also acts as a conduit to carry water, energy, waste—all the infrastructure for human habitation—to all inhabited areas of the site."
The result is a three-tiered plan: the topmost layer is devoted to solar energy development and production: testing the latest solar technology and producing a surplus of energy for the site and its surroundings. This layer is also the starting point for water management on the site.
Rainwater is collected as needed and transported through the structure to one of several treatment plants around the radial plan.
The middle layer is the place of dwelling and exploration of the site. As the need for space grows, beams are added to create this inhabited layer: the beams act as a pedestrian and cycling circulation system, but also the infrastructure for dwelling and automated transit.
Finally, the ground layer becomes a laboratory for bioremediation of the ground and water systems. 
Passive treatment of both the waste water from the site and of the acid mine drainage is coupled with a connected system of boardwalks to allow inhabitants and visitors to experience both the industrial inheritance of the site and the renewed hope for its future.
It's a bit of a Swiss Army knife—in the sense that it tries to solve everything and have a solution for every possible challenge—with the effect that the architects seem to under-emphasize the titanic supergrid that clearly defines the overall proposal. It's as if the proposal is so large—more landform building than architectural undertaking—that even the architects lose sight of it, focusing instead on individual systems in their description.
But inside this continuous and monumental space frame, whole communities could live—the "infrastructure for dwelling" and "pedestrian and cycling circulation system"—surrounded by a toxic geography for which the grid itself serves as both sublime filter and possible remedy.
The model for the project is pretty great, and I would love to see it in person: a cavernous grid envelopes the site's artificial topography, wrapping tailings piles and hills of waste rock, whilst treading lightly on ground too thin to hold the weight of architecture. 
Status: School Project
Location: Tar Creek, Oklahoma
Photo by:James S. and Susan W. Aber 
             Jason Stair lr

Monday, March 12, 2012

Stalagmite Lanterns under the high line, New York by budi pradono architects

The installation that we proposed is creating several of the stalagmite, which is to respond to the weight of several objects placed along the Highline. 

These objects are the nodes of several important buildings in Manhattan. We imagine these dots have the power, weight and energy that could melt down, what eventually became a stalagmite. 

Stalagmite even this deforms thus created a new spaces unexpected, gives color to the west 24 street, which was dark into a room full of lanterns. Some eventually share with stalagmite met and established a colony of Lanterns.

Project name: Stalagmite Lanterns
Location: high line park, New York
type: Installation, competition
architects: budi pradono architects
team: Budi Pradono, Adhi Wibowo Hendradiningrat, Stephanie Monieca

La Danza del Nastro in Helsinki by budi pradono architects

Strategy urbanity
The urban strategy in this design began with mapping the urban scale, especially to understand the traffic flow, both for pedestrians, cyclists, and users of public transportation such as buses and trains. Then we found the idea to develop the concept of ribbon. This ribbon has a new role, which is to unify the various diversities in Malmi, as well as a symbol of good wishes. On the other hand we also get inspiration from the ribbon resembled Air show maneuvers in Malmi. In our view that the Finnish identity is a natural lines, curved but has the simplicity to detail. Alvar Aalto also inspired us, in the scraping of modernism with a free flowing and natural lines.

The Dancing Ribbon as a device to activate the place. Create an extra ordinary space, as a device the dancing ribbon can be converted into several functions.

We used several models to enable us to create a scenario for each activity, as well as fatigue level of people who walk in this neighborhood. Several scenarios of this trip were made with ribbon, with different colors. At certain points we begin to unravel some of the activities that can be performed simultaneously at one point, be it sitting, to release the fatigue run, bike park, relaxing, studying, reading, or playing. All this activity started to activate a combination of several ribbons that intersect, or just complement each other.

Dancing Ribbon eventually became the main theme, which will articulate these spaces. Although built in several places but have the same material and themes. At certain points where urban transit is, useful as markers or landmarks, or stop as a place to unwind, as a new contemporary street furniture as well as a dynamic sculpture.

Materials and Details.
Dancing ribbon consists of a set of honeycomb structure of 6 segments, which has a base height of 15 cm and deforms in accordance with the movement of waves somewhere into 60 cm height, so that each hexagon has a different height. An array of 12 mm Cembrit fiber cement is clamped by a 3 mm stainless steel, at some point is supported by small pipe that forced the mass composition of this stand to be more dynamic and attractive.

Project Name: La dansa de Nastro
type: installation competition
architects: budi pradono architects
team: budi pradono, Stephanie Monieca, Rovinida Fitriana, Daryanto