'LIGHT - CITY - LIGHTS'GivenVenice or any city in the world, a fascinating, flourishing and vibrant city, summer, beautiful weather,... Read More
'LIGHT - CITY - LIGHTS'
Venice or any city in the world, a fascinating, flourishing and vibrant city, summer, beautiful weather, a beautiful location, greenery, trees, water, peace and bustle, movement, standstill, mobility, connectivity, collectivity and a world of social interaction, yet an event with a theme that stimulates thinking, and provides a lot of reflection and contemplation ...
Threatening overpopulation, increasing concentration in cities, an out of control ecological footprint, imminent energy shortage, imminent food shortages, rising and falling unemployment, continuing fragmentation of the landscape, increasing environmental damage, a list that seems to bounce back into our society endlessly ...
What will happen to "the city" in the future, will it go down due to the negative effects of the environment and the rising water level of the oceans, or can we now intervene and stimulate a positive glow of urban development?
The city rising out of the water is trying to develop higher and higher above ground - which will be known as the "Upper City" later after completion of the renovation works. The lower parts of the city will disappear in favor of the growing upper parts, the city automatically expands to "survive". The "Onderstad" will systematically disappear from the cityscape, but in our vague memory, we will remain in our collective memory as the "Reflective Reflection".
The city is a living whole that grows, shrinks, expands, explodes, implodes, it is a metabolism in full change - according to the principles of harmony and equilibrium, according to a multiple cubic 3D grille with ribs, beams, columns and geometric volumes - to another, perhaps a better time.
The growing process proceeds as if it were a plant or a tree, the columns are the stems, the beams and ribs are the branches and leaves, the volumes are the mature fruits, ripe to be inhabited.
The original cube - where it all started - seems to be getting smaller and smaller, while the ribs grow and new cubes and beams are formed. The ribs, beams and columns will develop according to their own insights, an unlikely, almost natural phenomenon that can no longer be crushed, a self-nurturing and generating city is created, growing as a fata morgana of positivism ...
This development and transformation - this growth from the water - can mainly be seen in the evenings and at night. At night, the resulting reflection of the "lights" of the new city in the making can create a picture of what used to be and what will or will be in the future ... the transition of the city is fully matured ...
A play of day and night, light and dark, clear and shadow, brightness and darkness, airy and gloomy, playful and involved, ethereal and gloomy, pale and black, lightning and thunder, perspective and plane, simplicity and complexity, petty and robust , easy and difficult, concepts that are externalized in the new construction and within this frame of mind are all metaphors for what is going on in the real world ...
Simplicity and clarity - certainly not artificiality - set the tone in the construction and construction, the expansion of the 'upper city' at the expense of the 'lower city' is accompanied by recovery of materials, techniques, zest for work and workforce, it seems as if the new city rises from the ashes of the old city and is born again as a new, beautiful Phoenix, increasingly beautiful, increasingly adapted to its surroundings. According to Ovidius, the city will again survive 500 years ...