“an Architecture in Motion”
The idea of transportation within a city that continues to be a problem of global concern. Increases in greenhouse gases inflate the need to provide more public transportation. Coupled with this concern lives a technology begging for connectivity. To promote a wider range of the urban traffic, we propose to combine these needs in iMT:intra-media-transport.
intra- functioned from within
media- routes, virtual, and building
transport- routes, virtual, and physical aesthetic
Through the use of vinyl product, the building provides folded stock variants in weaved skin, scrap slices, extruded mold components, and coated photovoltaics. Thin slices of scrap vinyl weave to create a weather tight skin. Larger slices of recycled vinyl are oriented, sliced and coupled to make a honey patterned roof. To comply with honey, a generative creation of cells creates a molded component system that can be assembled through 100% vinyl means. Completing the roof, translucent vinyl coats non-conventional photovoltaic cells like a crown.
In opposition, PVC piping of various sizes cradle the delicate structure of the roof and generate the main structure. These function as multi use in roof, floor, and furniture. Floor bends to form wall, and chair becomes counter display. Various types of generic transformable joints are constructed to facilitate the connection of difficult angles. Thermal coils and fiber optics weave in and out of the various tubing creating heat and hard lined connections powered by the sun.
Addressing the other concern of the project, three typologies generate motion and transportation to the site. Direct connection to the city is a major concern, so buses are welcomed to the site by iMT’s sweeping curves. A proposed ‘hyperskin’ displays a real time tracking of bus routes and provides a virtual advertisement space. Complimented by wireless updates via pda and cell phones, iMT provides a seamless link for any business man needing to stay connected. Finally to be more energy efficient, photovoltaics absorb and transform the suns energy, facilitating function.
hyper- a means of branding and motion surface
skin- a outer membrane wrap function within
Using these techniques, this proposal intends to provide motion and media by means of virtual and physical space. iMT creates a ‘telehub’ that promotes activity between growing professionals via mass transit, the innovative use of vinyl products through evolving digital technologies.
tele- means of communication
hub- centralized point of activity
Location: Milwaukee, WI, US