Jan '06 - Feb '07
My ideas stem from the idea of paranoia in contrast to security (which in turn makes people feel comfortable).
The idea of an unknown enemy is a big derivative from the definition of paranoia, and the basis for many of its psychological connotations. But even our perceived enemies, ones that we can constitute a threat with a color level, have a heightened level of fear based on our global paranoia. Osama Bin Laden is now almost a demigod of fear, evil, and terror.
AP, my ideas to design a project that would foster and feed off of paranoia would solely be a satirical project. Our Embassy now looks like and are symbols of both our power and fear. The American embassy in Berlin I recently went to, you could barely get close enough to see. Bollards, barbed wire, concrete dividers, security cameras, security officers, check points, it look liked we were preparing for war. So if this is our need and purpose why don't we build an embassy that scares people that come near it? Emphasizing our power, money, and global domination. Like what would the border security station look like at the Nepal / Tibet border in order for the Chinese to stop Tibetans from fleeing, just as an idea. With communistic power and symbolism, what would that structure materialize as? But I think that wouldn't fly because my satire and critique might be seen as I truly believe that Tibetans should be detained and held under Chinese rule.
I have done a lot of research on the psychological meaning of paranoia and architecture's effect on the mind, but have not been able to truly define what architecture does in response except for bollards and the like.
Dawid, urban form has been defined a lot by paranoia. Hausmann's design for Paris has made it a beautiful city, but a major player in it's inception was to thwart potential revolutions. Modern Suburbia and gated communities bring it even further into our homes, the middle class castle.
Reluctantly, my project is moving into the realm of the Embassy. Looking at the original purpose of the embassy, a hospitable home and national emblem, but how to implement its security needs post-9/11.
But the idea of a border crossing building still is in the back of my head. Breaking down our psychological fears, they range from micro to macro fears, but each level of fear caused by our paranoia we have set up levels of security. From cloths for the insecure to Star Wars for the insecure government.