Title: Ambiguous algaepark - Code: J7Y5T2
Contest: Venice / 2011
By: M. Greiling

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Ambiguous algaepark

Ambiguous algaepark “Venice is born from the sea; at the same time venice is a wonderful expression of human creativity. although it is committed to the water it is a product of human fantasy, inventiveness and determinedness. venice is the utmost expression of our capabilities and vulnerability.” (mayor massimo cacciari). Although founded on unstable ground, the culture of venice was always embracing nature and the sea. the predominant cultural ritual is the city’s annual espousal with the sea. the traditional ceremony represents an understanding of treating the water in harmony and respect instead of dominating and forcing it. venice, so blessed in being without vehicles and roads, is an immediate, tactile event. walking along a canal, one its smells and feels the sunshine reflected by the lapping water. in a tight alley the dampness of the stone is palpable, and hands stretched out can touch both walls. when you reach the campo at the other end, the sky lifts, the air lightens and spirits expand up and out. the endless stairways are internalized by knees and calves, and the curve of a bridge is a kinesthetic delight, not just a visual one. in this way venice enters the body and becomes a physical experience.

venice is worn, faded, abraded, rotted, weathered, soaked and dried to have become a part of nature more than a fabrication of the human race, it is so unlike the fabric of our new-world cities – so rich, but so consistent and unbroken in its richness, so much of a piece – that it can be hard to recognize as the product of human effort. it has a rhythm, a completeness, a variety within its sameness that one might expect from coral formation. venice looks like the result of an organic process, indescribable complex like our skin covering our human body’s.

our skin is seen as a living mortal vessel. the point of departure comes from the semi-living condition of the artificially produced epidermis. the epithelialtissue is located in the middle of the hierarchy between the cell and the organ tending to perform more like the one or the other along the different stages of its growth. through researching organic forms and their production methods the intelligence of the material itself should support the design language, the lightness and stiffness. fibrous systems and computation could be the answer for this new task.

i see my vision as an exploration of “the changing relationship between what is considered natural and what is considered artificial.” ambiguous park, seeks to inspire a more diverse and sustainable use for venice existing and proposed landscape. it proposes a new architectural language, turning a semi active canal net into a new park scenery. ambiguous park transfers the qualities of the build environment in venice into a new structure. the ambiguous park is generating a float of visitors, it becomes a spatial structure, where nature is the most critical part… all is one, through the water and earth up to the sky, one floating language not divided by any doors or windows, an open system. the human body becomes part of the architecture, it is not the form or shape anymore; the roots, this rhizomatic structure is the design idea for this organic sculpture. it generates an artificial mangrove where everything comes together, earth, water, sky and the human being, stranded like an organism on venice borders, not mortal… alive like a vibrant body, like venice itself.

walking the streets of venice at daybreak is like being on an empty set in a theater lost in time. imagine spending your entire life in a city where past and present co-exists in a dynamic equilibrium and ask yourself why the image of venice is cloned several times in the world but feelings are not the same. venice in las vegas, los angeles, dubai and china is understood as an cliché image, not as an emerging cultural-natural system. my proposal searches for an ambiguous and complex structure.


Title: Ambiguous algaepark

Time: 7 giugno 2011
Category: Venice
Views: 1815 Likes: 3

Tags: Bridge , History , Italy , M. Greiling , Scripps Institution of Oceanography , Structural engineering , Technology , Venice , Water