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The I.D.U.F: Institute for the Development of Urban Fabric

Part 1 Project 2011
Haaris Ramzan
Birmingham City University, UK
"Except in struggle, there is no more beauty..."
The Futurist Manifesto
F.T Marinetti, 1909

In the fall of a fictional communist regime, the birth of the I.D.U.F attempts to defy the system of organised politics and inspire a decentralised revolution of social autonomy. The architecture is responsive to the question, why the public remains disaffected with mainstream politics in the city of Stoke-on-Trent? The local council is failing to meet the needs of the city and it appears democracy exists as nothing more than a governmental facade. The I.D.U.F aims to inspire the art of a beautiful struggle, and manifest a social experiment which celebrates the glory of a social revolution.

The project is composed of dynamic studio frames and refined office units. The opposing worlds are dissected by a central archive of communal use, which defines the celebration of social collision. The architectural language of each opposing wing aims to reflect the nature of those who inhabit the space it frames. The creative wing is comprised of a permeable, dynamic and raw aesthetic, which is able to adapt to the preference of the occupants. In comparison, the corporate wing is comprised of an enclosed, conservative and refined design, encouraging the organised and controlled activity of the corporate inhabitants. The central archives act as the binding centrepiece of the project and houses the relocated contents of public records, freely available to all occupants within the structure as well as the passing public. Beneath these three components is the public realm in which the general public are able to witness and engage with the surrounding activity.

Is it time to realise the council won't find you a job, the council won't build your city. When the city of Stoke becomes a sea of abandoned projects and broken industries, there is no architect, no politician or no external body which will secure the future of the city identity. It is less a matter of imposing ad-hoc solutions or organised government within the city, and more a case of providing the tools and facilities to expose new systems and identities from within.

Haaris Ramzan


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