Sep '06 - Dec '09
As I watch inches of snow fall in Boston my mind wanders to Tijuana, Nicaragua, and even Lagos.
I am beginning to more carefully tune my arguments, trying to learn from specific precedents as well as taking a closer look at work I have done in the past. Of my personal work I am specially looking at the NICAestudio, my first semester in the GSD, and the Vicenza studio project I did as an undergrad in UF. I am working on precedents and positioning within the contemporary discourse via my blog (where I sketch possible ideas) and my final paper.
The following are among my latest blog updates:
-Learning from Lagos
-Architecture as Bailout
-Frames and Infill
Out of all this soup of things, the diagram above has come back as key to my thinking. As I describe, this diagram I produced during the NICAestudio. The diagram was meant to say that the new housing in informal settings needed to be embedded with commercial and social activities and then critically set within the landscape as a mediating, physical, economic, and social condition.
This diagram can probably best described by a quote from the 'Lagos handbook' that the Koolhaas GSD thesis students produced (which may or may not be a draft for this?):
"In 1991 Mabogunje himself delivered a paper at a World bank conference titled "A New Paradigm for Urban Development" that proposed that the lines between the informal and formal sectors the greatest potential for new urbanisms. Calling for "institutional radicalization" the very figure of old-guard African urbanism suggested that temporary fusion between informal processes and "mature" institutions might be read as a blue print for progressive urban strategies." that + landscape (ecology?) as a mediating condition.