In the "Fast-forward" workshop, we designed a process in which we will interpret the absolute destruction of architecture and urban space.
We fast forward because … Although the increasing importance of the concept of architectural heritage nowadays problematizes demolition for justifiable reasons, the lifespan of any building corresponds to a very low value compared to the age of the world we live in.… Just like the continuous transformations of the earth, mountains, oceans, and valleys, the artificial – more precisely man-made – architectural environment will also exist in a continuous cycle of destruction and construction. When thinking about waste, it was impossible to exclude the concept of the Anthropocene from the discussion. The Antropocene, which defines the new era in which man-made things take up more space than natural ones, undoubtedly raises the issue of waste.
With our participants, we will take a new look at architectural debris and building ruins, taking into account important moments of demolition in the history of architecture (Pruitt-Igoe, Robin Hood Gardens, etc.). Destruction and debris represent a small “moment” in the earth's life cycle when viewed from a much broader perception of time. We aimed for this moment/debris to form the fundamental element of our workshop as spatial narrative elements. We will create an architectural narrative with these ruins, similar to the design of a building through architectural drawing. By producing an inclusive audio-visual media using the online virtual reality interface (Mozilla Spoke), the participants will reproduce the ruin not as the result of the removal of an architectural product, but as the starting point, the design element that will form another narrative. We can also say that they will up-cycle.
In collaboration with Burak Levent