Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Post – Continuity Architectures: 21st Century Follies and Fun Palaces

The sequence becomes a jagged collage of fragments of explosions, crashes, physical lunges, and violently accelerated motions. There is no sense of spatiotemporal continuity; all that matters is delivering a continual series of shocks to the audience.

Steven Shaviro

(Note to architects: You thought that you could ignore Junkspace, visit it surreptitiously, treat it with condescending contempt or enjoy it vicariously . . . because you could not understand it, you’ve thrown away the keys . . . But now your own architecture is infected, has become equally smooth, all-inclusive, continuous, warped, busy, atrium-ridden . . . )

Rem Koolhaas
A form of spatial disjunction has occurred within the built environment under the rubric of neo-liberalism, physical space has become absorbed as part of a wider set of informational and economic networks and relations that combine virtual, augmented and mixed realities.
This new spatial regime requires new forms of measurement, calibration and notation, traditional forms of orthography need to be questioned in terms of their ability to generate, develop and represent architectural possibilities for these mutated spaces of late capitalism.
In film, space is no longer organised around the relationships of classical mis-en-scene, through the use of unconventional cinematography, c.g.i and non-linear editing techniques the type of coherent, contiguous and consistent spatial narrative is eclipsed, this has been described as post-continuity cinema.
In his essay “Junkspace,” which reads like a frenzied stream-of-consciousness SF story, Rem Koolhaas creates a vivid indictment of a culture trapped by its own hubris, technological addiction, and vapidity. Junkspace is both fragmented and homogeneous, it is lacks continuity and is at the same time ubiquitous and in it we are completely surrounded and yet totally alone. Junkspace describes a form of post-continuity architecture.
To combat the totalities of Junkspace, and to immerse ourselves in it, Unit 15 will be engaging with a landscape of flows and spaces of desire through the deployment of multiple vectors, exemplified by the nefarious world of the Architectural Folly and the scurrilously irreverent Fun Palace. These vectors will be organised and curated into an exhibition to be part of next years London Festival of Architecture located in and around the Old Royal Naval College and the Queens House.

Stage 1: 21st Century Follies
Unit 15 will create 21st Century Architectural Follies based on the literal interpretation of their own drawings.

Stage 2: 21st Century Fun Palace
Unit 15 has agreed to take part in PolyArk 4 run by the RIBA and linking over 30 International Schools of Architecture.

Stage 3: 21st Century Representations
Unit 15 will curate and exhibit their work in the University of Greenwich Heritage Gallery next June as part of the London Festival of Architecture