- 3rd Year StudioPreservation of the non-place
Non-places are often transitional or services spaces, not places in their own right, existing by accident or as a by-prod- uct of the modern city. They lie on the periphery of social consciousness, forgotten and neglected, raw in aesthetic, a counter-image of the over manicured city, the found not the given, a home and refuge to marginal populations. They will not conform to any masterplan, hence in eyes of the Corporation they are insignificant, and thus consistently in danger of obliteration by homogenous new developments.
In an obsolete space underneath an existing tram viaduct, my design attempts to preserve the non-place (service domain) by dealing with its interaction with the modern city (public domain). These realms currently exist side by side, like two opposing worlds, almost completely ignorant of each others existence, yet inherently reliant on each other. The design of a waste sorting facility that deals with waste produced by the city preserves the non-place by giving it a reason to exist. This facility hires the homeless who in exchange for their labor receive free accommodation in specifically designed residential units. Furthermore, the whole process of recycling is on display to the public as they move through the transport interchange (that links the existing tramline to the proposed bus station) allowing them to observe what transpires, and providing a more transparent, and dynamic interaction between the service and public domains.
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