performative urban atmospheres: a-maze
ITU - Istanbul Technical University - Istanbul
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Funda Uz, Research Assistant Furkan Balcı
a-maze “urban choreography”, An installation project in Eskisehir, Turkey.
The field in the middle of the city blocks in central Eskisehir is a corridor which was emptied after the removal of the railways to underground. A part of 2km of railways had moved underground, thus the city has gained a corridor shaped terrain of with a width of 18 meters.
“Man walks in a straight line because he has a goal and knows where he is going...The pack-donkey meanders along...he zigzags in order to avoid to larger stones...he takes the line of least resistance” Le Corbusier
In a time that the roads are shaped straigth on gridal system to avoid the encounters thus possible riots, creating organic ways with the help of design logic of a maze means open up possibilities of gatherings in urban spaces. This project aims to allow inhabitants to experience a participatory urban space by opening possibilities for encounters, surprises, meetings and gatherings through a set of paths that shapes human senses, movements, actions and decisions.
The following is the visauls of fragmentation of possible scenarios in the labyrinth.
"...in July 1689, Louis XIV sat down and wrote a guide to the magnificent garden. His itinerary takes the form of a carefully prepared choreography of walking, pausing and turning. From the main avenues with their grand vistas the visitor is invited to make detours into bosquets and other closed spaces; special attention is paid to the fountains, their jets, cascades and mirrors of water.
In Louis’ choreography, the garden is a place to experience through corporeal movements..."
Body, Movement, Space. Baraque revisited, Marten Snickare
"The labyrinth is not a safe space, but the disoriented space of someone who has lost his way, whether he has had the good fortune to transform the steps he is taking into a dance, or more banally has let spatial intoxication lead him astray: the labyrinth is drunken space."
Denis Hollier, Against Architecture: The Writings of Georges Bataille
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