Think Public Space
Work title: Terrain Vague*
Cartesian planning and urban standardization generate dissociation between collective spaces and privatized places causing individuals to disengage from social interaction. Consequently our aim is to propose alternative approaches to designing the urban realm and built-environment to articulate and connect the increasingly complex fabric of today’s cities. We propose an evolutionary networked structure that connects public and gathering spaces of the city through a series of linearly-connected experiences defining a set of interconnected platforms. We adopt the philosophical concept of ‘The Rhizome’ advanced by Gilles Deleuzeand Félix Guattari as a methodological model that can be abstracted and applied in different cities. The resilience of the rhizome as a framework for urban connectivity arise from its capability to metamorphose when faced with emerging social, economic, and cultural conditions. It is a self-conditioned system that accommodates to the immediacy with which it goes into contact. The newly formed network regenerates the territory by infiltrating old structures of domination and creating new experiential spatial relationships. At the micro-scale the rhizome penetrates individual buildings through the shared area of the vertical circulation and weaves the private with the collective. The rhizome transforms the hermetic buildings into highly porous structures reclaiming rooftops for public use and fostering social cooperation by extending the public realm into the private sphere. “The value of architecture no longer results from creating shapes in space, but rather from fostering relationships within it” (Vicente Guallart, 2003).