LPSCN Implant

The assignment was loosely formulated so as to allow maximum freedom in identifying problems and needs in the Lipscani area and proposing an architectural (built) solution that would tackle the aforementioned points.

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My vision concentrated on issues relating to the poor visibility/readability of the overall area (and the necessity of a landmark) and the lack of “free” public urban space. The functional program was mainly derived from the observation that most historic centers (Lipscani being a prime example in this) loose their initial cultural and traditional economic value in favor of the over-dominant bar/cafe. This leads to a certain repetition of fluxes (economic, cultural, pedestrian) which harms the respective area.

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Geometry-wise, my proposal respects local aspects of the area, namely its porosity and the way the urban tissue coagulated around narrow winding streets and small interior courtyards in a constantly surprising lattice.

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In respect to this approach, i considered the lot as a solid volume on which forces are applied in respect with the openings and general director lines of the site. Performing a “structural” analysis on the site revealed the patterns by which these forces would naturally flow towards given points of rest (namely the designated openings of the courtyards).   Using topological optimization techniques these patterns were transformed into geometry which was later subtracted from the original body thus giving the overall shape of the building.

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By following this design method I ensure an optimal circulation flow through the built site, encouraging interaction and furthering the development of the local urban tissue in a manner very close to its characteristics (gained by spontaneous evolution) thus fully integrating the new implant.sectiuniSiFatadew

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That’s wrapper of the last month, give or take.

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5 thoughts on “LPSCN Implant

  1. Hi Dimitrie congratulations your approach to this project its very interesting I will like to understand how did you defined the forces for the structural analysis,It looks that you have used topostruct to create the optimized volume to extarct it from the original model I like it a lot , I´m currently designing some conceptual furniture modeling and it will be interting to apply a similar approach.

    • Hey Rodrigo, thanks for the heads up.
      indeed topostruct was used for “sketching” some topological optimization. I used solid thinking/inspired for the detailed analysis. The forces were defined after carefully inspecting the circulation/visibility analysis (depthmap) of the site and its surroundings – basically the visual and circulation flows were my starting points. Where they were “pressing” against my site i created a force proportional to the amount of, let’s say, urban pressure.
      I don’t know how can this be applied to furniture design since it’s all in an urban context, but i guess you can use possible placements of objects as a force generating objects or different space-constraints (ie people seated around the table). Hope it helps!

  2. Aight hombre! Good to see stuff flowing through the dimi-district. I like the analytical aspect of the project (ie how depthmap locates pressure sources). Visuals are nicely done, but sections need some coherency to me 😉 however the thing is a very urban scheme though and a nice non-standard strategy. 9/10 and a load of props

    pat*

    • hey mate, i do have *huge* second thoughts about the sections. when i was making the drawings all i could think of was our talk about the Delugan Meissl section of the porsche museum. we were both agreeing on the fact that the loss of space is a sign of poor(ish)/extravagant design. anyway, now i have a ~coherent strategy for purposefully using that space – since this is over i guess it’s too late 🙂 but i’ll keep it in mind in case it ever gets built :p

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