Fast Culture
I like Obama
I like Lady Gaga
I like Phillip Glass
I like Amnestie International
I like Starbucks
I like Jamie Oliver
I like Michael Graves
and I like Rem Koolhaas.

The manifesto is dead
long live the manifesto.
I push the like button
and consider it done.

I like without effort
I click therefore I am.
A painless execution of discourse
a feedback that really is none.
I like the manifesto
I take a position and therefore I am
an act of bravery
in a culture that is fast

I like Manhattan
“Ich bin ein New Yorker”
We are all New Yorkers.
Our goal is not to redesign Manhattan,
but to redesign architecture.

We are dedicated to scales of time.
The timelines of the city, of architecture and of the materials we use are currently in a state of friction.
What was formerly Small, Medium, Large or extra large,
is redefined in minutes, hours, days, months, seasons, years and centuries.
We reject the false notion that architecture is only obligated to permanence

The problem of architecture today,
is the futile attempt to make the generic specific.
We define this tendency as a clash of scales in time:
The houses we design are meant for a century
Whereas the styles by which we design them change every week.
We split the generic from the fast
and assign to every building its proper scale of time.

An architecture responding to scales of time
requires a new capacity for the architect — to be fast.
We are proposing an architecture almost like a tailor made suit
responding to precise and time bound functions.
What was formerly broken down to residential, commercial, leisure or infrastructure,
Is now rethought into functions as:


We are dedicated to a malleable Manhattan,
a city that reconciles time and space through architecture.
If change and crises were formerly the city’s enemies,
they are now its driving forces.

[Slide 11: facebook fotoshop of the projects in activity stream view]
We are proposing four projects for a malleable Manhattan:
I like steam
I like streets
I like garbage
I like windows

[Slide 14: graph dollar]
I like steam is working on the timeline of the economy. The scale of time on which the economy changes it’s trends can be a matter of days, weeks, or months. The effects of economic change have always a great spatial impact. In prosperous times the demand for space goes up, in financially bad times the demand will go down.

[Slide 15: skyline]
We propose a new office architecture for new York’s skyline that can adapt to these changes in time, making the city malleable to economic change, and preventing the city to enter into states of spatial crises.

[Slide 16: skyline 2]
The skyline of New York will reflect its economic situation. A skyline of spheres and towers, the two most efficient ways of spatial reproduction, combined in one go. These giant spheres can host up till 20 floors and can be inflated floor by floor depending on economy.

[Slide 17: [steam grid]
The spheres are using steam, the byproduct of the cities energy system, to inflate. Manhattan’s underground hubs are transferring electricity from 300000 volts to 220, of which the byproduct is heat. This heat is cooled down by water, which then is transported through a grid of underground pipes throughout the city. There is a constant pressure of between 500 and 1500 punds per inch on this system. Currently this energy is ventilated onto the sky, we propose to use it for the cities second malleable skyline.

[Slide 18: Pump Switch detail]
The invention we propose is a really simple one: to hook the existing steam outlets on to two pipes: one for prosperous times and one for financially bad times. The former runs onto the balloons on top of the building, the second is hooked onto a housing a system for the street level. A switch allows for adjustment to the economy.

[Slide 19: Sections and axos]
This is how the system works. From left to right: the status quo where steam is not used, then in case of economic prosperity, then a mediocre economy, then a bad economy.

[Slide 20: image rooftops]
Idea: the city shows its economic state and the availability of work is directly visible. Day workers will enter the city and follow the balloons for a job of a month, a day, or maybe even longer. We propose a new horizont for New York City.

In case of bad times, the air is injected to a system of temporary housing, providing shelter for the homeless and the poor, making the downsides of economic crises bearable to the city.

Since the NY street is for all, it is claimed by none. We prepose a malleable street. Every day, for the period of an hour, a street may be radically transformed into a real public space. The malleable street responds to changing needs of public space, depending on the needs of the city.

Slide 25 [scheme transformation]
Four huge movable facades close of the ends of the street to create a ‘room’. When opened, these facades reveal four buildings that for this short period of time become part of the new public space. Therefore, whoever rents one of these four spaces also pays for a daily piece of public space. We can think here of a school that needs a playground for only an hour per day, a gym that has an outdoor yoga class, a restaurant that needs extra space during lunch time, etc.

[Slide 26 patent drawing}
This is the patent drawing for the sliding elements. The fassades are conceived of as doors for the urban rooms we create. A mechanically driven system can create a public space out of a street within less than five minutes. A total transformation with minumum effort.

[Slide 27 closed image]
This is a rendering of the normal situation, where the urban door is projected. The door is an integral part of the fassade.

[Slide 28 Closed situation]
Here, the fassade is closed, the urban room is created. The doors maintain a contnuity to the street. The interior of the room is open to any use by the community: from a children’s playground to a street rave.

[Slide 29 Interior 1]
The effect of the urban doors is also on the level of the interior: here you see the closed situation.

[Slide 30 Interior 2]
As the doors close traffic is removed from the street, and a public space is introduced, the buildings so to say open up to this public space, which is an intimate space, and one that has no sound pollution of traffic. The social aspects of the street are amplified to their maximum.

[i like garbage]
[film koyaanisqatsi garbage]
This is a timeline of Manhattan’s garbage accumulation. We are proposing to use the local momentary abundance of recyclable materials for a fast architecture, conceived for a number of days.
This is a mapping of the perimeter that is still in walking distance of a hypothetical site. It determines the volume of recyclable materials that can be used for a fast architecture.

[building block]
We propose to use vacant sites for the storage of recyclable garbage. We desing a grid in which this garbage can generate space: what was formerly garbage laying around on the streets is now actively used to generate playgrounds, vertical gardens, or other specific additions to the cities timeline.

The form of the grid can very per vacant site.

The invention we propose is a robotic arm that can be used to place compressed units of recyclable materials into the grid of a vacant space. The system is a one-time investment, leading to ever changing spaces in direct respond to the communitie’s needs. At the end of the week the garbage is picked up and a new structure starts to develop.

Image 1
This is an impression of a more rigid variant of the grid where for instance pallets are used to define the void. Here, the garbage generates a playground for kids.

Iamge 2
Here, a felxible steel net is used to define the usable void. Here a vertical community garden is projected.
[Slide 41 wheather]
This project works on the premises
I like energy
I like personal
I like the environment

The city is a consumer. Using endless kinds of natural resources for its inhabitants. We propose to use natural resources for the cities inhabitants: wind, sun, water… etc by activating windows as a malleable unit. The scale of time on which the project operates is that of the weather forecast. If it rains, we intend to gather rain water, if the sun shines we gather solar energy.

[Slide 42 window 1]
[this is the status quo of the window – a homogenuous long-lasting fabric to be found on any architecture. Regulated by urban planning laws. We propose to redefine these laws and to open possibilities for the window as an energy harvester and an expression of the individuals that live behind them.

[Slide 43 Window 2]
This is how we propose the window to work.
[Slide 44 the concept]
People plug into the window grid and update their preferences. From Iphone, laptop or PC apps tell me what my energy return is and what to expect for the next days. Window status is updatable at all times and so also becomes a mode of expression.

[Slide 44 the patent]
With new technology we create a supermaterial, the solar canvas, strong, flexible and malleable. The focus of the project is the window. We invent a system to make the window at once harvest various kinds of natural energy, as well as a medium to transport identity.

These are possiilites we have been thinking of: from left to right, top down: the status quo (aircodinitioning, ????, solar canvas, windturbine, rainwater reservoir, ?????????????]

[Slide 46 Lecorbu]
This is how we imagine the like window.

I like the manifesto
and I like Manhattan
I take a position therefore I am
We are dedicated to scales of time
we redesign architecture as a means to reconcile space and time
in a culture that is fast.
Every building has a scale in time
an infrastructure lasts longer than a flashmob taking over times square,
and yet we believe they are both a part of architecture.
We reject the notion that architecture is only permanent.
An architecture responding to scales of time requires a new capacity for the architect: to be fast.



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