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Transience of Mobility And the Home: A Caravan Park in an Urban Environment, Or the Refurbishment of Centre Point

Part 2 Project 2013
Yakim Milev
London South Bank University, UK
The project explores the possibilities created by the dialectical relationship between existence in an urban realm and the numerous paths in architectural design created by the expanding human understanding of the machine. The idea of hotel from the brief is interrogated through reading of a space which one may hire temporarily and occupy through the prism of a kinetic network of self-assembling parts which create the architectural environment not only via their physical properties but through the temporality of their existence at certain place at a certain time.

One of the best known expressions of the mobility that the machine brings to the life of the human is contained within the image of the caravan. The entanglement between man and machine not only distorts the space time continuum explored by Baudrillard in his work The System of Objects, but also questions the idea of home and place on a structural level in the relations between understanding the city as a fixed place which society occupies. Through mobility, person and place become an almost antagonistic correlation of entities. Plato’s chora is forever lost in a system of perennial movement.

A hotel and a city become entities of which form is a by-product of an amalgamation of functions and states. Ideas originally proposed via the work of the Metabolists are scaled to a new extent as the machine and the human form architecture that actively questions the predefined understandings of space.

Nature is contained, and forms part of the architecture of this perennial process. It not merely an embellishment to the functions and services of the building - it is a reference to the origin of humanity. An origin of constant adaptation which architecture had fought for millennia is now only a monument to the victory of architecture over itself.

The building is an adaptive system of platforms that create a network based on the preferences of the people that occupy it. Visitors choose places based on their personal preferences, and thus congregate with others with similar preferences. In this way they create social clusters which exist only temporarily within the architectural/urban system.

Yakim Milev

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