protective skins

Allgemein, protective skins

detailed explanation: protective skins

The project speculates about a public bathhouse for a possible / nearby (dystopian) future, developed around the two UN Goals – Climate Action & Good Health and Well-Being.

The proposal is called “protective skins” and it is about a divided (but related) architecture:

a private suit and a public bathhouse – both protecting the human body from different kinds of pollutants (airborne pollution, missing ozone layer, nuclear radiation (wind), acid rain).

The proposal is tested in a counterfactual time line on the Japanese island of Hashima – but represents a general proposal.

The building functions as a cleaning machine: cleaning suit, human body, environment, and itself.

Analytic computational bottom-up methods were developed around the human body (informing suit and architectural program) and transferred and adapted to the scale of the building: blending the skins of protection and making the building conceptually to the body (with its organs, structure, skin, and metabolism).

The proposal wants to question architect’s romanticized image of nature and the idea of protection solely as a binary on/off condition, as a possible way to rethink our architectural boundaries in general.

Additionally, it asks for a critical incorporation of pollution in design – away from pollution as an image and away from seeing pollution as something remote (in terms of time and space).

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detailed explanation: protective skins

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Allgemein

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Sechs bis sieben Kilo müssen es schon sein, sagte er.

Vorher muss man gar nicht erst anfangen.

Er hat sich dafür eine Art Schablone gebaut.

So geht es schneller und es ist immer das Gleiche, echter halt.

„Möchtest du mal probieren?“

„Nein, danke.”

Nachdem es ein wenig in der Sonne gelegen hat ist es perfekt.

Aber nach zwei, drei Wochen muss man es schon neu machen.

Das Fleisch fängt dann an zu riechen

und es sieht auch nicht mehr wirklich gut aus.

Wie dem auch sei, wir bauten jedes Mal ein paar von diesen Babies

und fuhren damit zu den Hallen außerhalb der Stadt.