Epiflow

Towards Resiliency of Post-Soviet City Networks

 

DESIGN STUDIO: Spring 2015, 18 units

LEVEL: 4th & 5th Year Design Studio

INSTRUCTOR: Dana Čupková

Related Works: Design Modeling Symposium, Epiflow, Decade of Design


This studio focuses on examining architectural and urban conditions produced by prefabricated construction in the Eastern-European context. Petržalka is the largest and most densely populated “living city” in the city of Bratislava, in central Europe, which was constructed as a socialist parallel to the modernist model of “functional” city, the principles of which were formulated at the 4th conference of CIAM in the Athens Charter. The linear logic of this programmatically segregated living ‘suburban’ zone and the compositional principals of urbanism historically disregarded the specific local environmental, social and cultural condition of the site in favor of an optimistic utopian ideology that claimed to create an environment in which everyone is equal.Integrating and testing a new digital analytical tool set –Epiflow, being developed under the auspices of AIA grant as an analytical design framework for visualizing and measuring the storm water flows, the goal is to create performative scenarios regarding planning decisions, urban form, and typology related to storm water behavior within the floodplain. The studio is organized as a research platform that engages the issues of urban data, social systems and ecology within the built environment. We take the position that a building ceases to exist as an individual object within its context, but needs to be reintegrated into its ecological context as a specific eco-morphology manifested by the forces of its environment, infrastructural and social needs.


 

Student | Kimberly McDonald

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Students | Nouf Aljowaysir & Anum Shah

Student | Thomas Sterling