Project, Rome, 1999
similar to parasite 1 and 2, parasite 3 is the prototype of a dwelling unit designed for a specific urban situation. these units occupy urban territories without asking for permission.
p3 is just one prototype of an entire p3-family. In contrast to p1 and p2, it is unable to walk on its own. this means it needs either the support of a special truck or a helicopter to reach its deployment site.
once arrived at its destination, p3 will insert itself in between two parallel facades by means of its metabolistc hydraulic bracket, thus finding stability. p3 uses boring sensors to find water, telecommunication and power mains in the floors an walls of neighbouring houses ( it also taps above ground lines in the streets ) docks ont them and is thus provided for.
in return, p3 offers its services. one consists, for example, in projecting news or all mayor motor races and football matches live and free of charge ont a large movable screen.
it can also extend a bridge-like structure which then serves as a balcony or terrace to neighbours living opposite - gratis ! this brings life into the neigbourhood and extends urban living space. when it rains, the people living in the same street will gather unter p3´s “wing“ in order to enjoy their evening at leisure.
so as to be financially independent, p3 will sell its surfaces to powerful corporations which will gladly make use of all that ballyhoo around p3. one additional service p3 offers those living in its street is to protect their cars from being broken in or stolen.
after the initial commotion, p3 is - on the whole - settling in quite well into life in rome, especially since it adapts perfectly to the many rituals of this city.
It “ parks“ wherever it likes, talks big and behaves like a macho, falls in line with the existing communicative urge and inthe end is quite inconspicuous.after all, rome is already full of billboards and advertising posters, and the street space has long since been used as a second usable space ( complete with clothes racks, stringed-up lightbulbs, posters and catwalks).