Think Public Space
Work title: A PUBLIC HORIZON
A PUBLIC HORIZON
A. Infinite Urbanity
The limitless urban development of the last 100 years defies today the western idea of public space in the city. The disappearance of the city’s borders and the city’s infinite physical extension makes it very difficult to construct a collective and inclusive image based on a single space. For that reason, the agora understood as a central public space for the discussion and construction of culture, has lost its supremacy as the public space par excellence. The result is that the public construction of the city has dissolved itself into a multiplicity of other physical and virtual spaces.
B. High-raise Structures
The city has always been associated with high-raised structures from were to observe and be observed: towers, belfries, cupolas... This city’s fascination for high-raised buildings has exponentially grown in the last century. Today we’ve arrived to a point in which it is difficult to dissociate the idea of the city from the image of high-rise buildings.
Contrary to other periods were high-rise structures were conceived as a collective dispositive; in the contemporary city the construction of towers has been carried out as private endeavours mainly. Even in the projects were an attempt is made to bring the public “up”, the result is always a frustrating space where the public is somehow controlled by the private.
C. Public Towers
A constellation of svelte public towers is built at different strategic points of the city. Composed by a series of superimposed horizontal planes connected by a structural staircase they invite the citizens to escalate them as if they were mountains.
The towers function as phenomenological experience. By climbing them the citizen escapes the city through the only possible exit: the z-axis. Once on top, when confronted with the city’s infinite expansion, the complexity of the world we live in is unfolded. The towers become public places were to think and be critical about the space in which we live every day. The possibility to embrace the image of today’s scattered city as a basis for the construction of a new public horizon.