Published: Friday, March 28, 2008
View from 10th avenue.
View from 34th street.
Words from the architect
My designing approach is to observe the landscape as a random network of pure trajectories that I called tensions, generated by people and their social behaviors, whose occasional collisions suggest a possible topography, creating flows and path, determining the principal directions, and consequently the space. Each collision is an event related to the everyday life. A space as socius and social condenser. So the tensions become the subject of the urban planning. Each collision of tensions is space that become the buildings.
View of the area.
The most important variable is the time. The collapse, the acceleration and the simultaneity of the time. In fact the space becomes temporal. Time is space because space is what we construct and time is what allows us to measure the space.
Starting from this point of view I thought that a new concept for a skyscraper has to include a new urban vision that comes from the study of the tensions generated by the building itself but also found in the site as a "genius loci" element; the simultaneity of the interaction of the tower with the city block and the entire urban environment forced me to study a new concept for a curtain wall which is not only structural but also a live element that speaks with the city.
View from New Jersey.
Plan at +121 m.
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