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BRIANNA DE LEON

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RARAS

BRIANNA DE LEON

The megacities of today have been designed to function as an efficient machine whose spatial and organizational qualities privilege planned economic productivity over the unplanned and “non-productive” aspects of creative human life. By introducing  restrictive zoning, the machine city, has neglected the need for impromptu social event. Meanwhile, the introduction of the automobile enabled this transformation of the city, but in so doing also transformed one of the city’s most flexible spaces for social and programmatic appropriation—the street—into a non-space devoted only to a disengaged form of movement. This transformation of the street has created rifts in communities, influenced over densification, and decreased social opportunities in the city. The urbanity of a city therefore requires interventions that create a sense of place to remedy the negative affects brought about by industrialization. 

ABSTRACT

The megacities of today have been designed to function as an efficient machine whose spatial and organizational qualities privilege planned economic productivity over the unplanned and “non-productive” aspects of creative human life. By introducing  restrictive zoning, the machine city, has neglected the need for impromptu social event. Meanwhile, the introduction of the automobile enabled this transformation of the city, but in so doing also transformed one of the city’s most flexible spaces for social and programmatic appropriation—the street—into a non-space devoted only to a disengaged form of movement. This transformation of the street has created rifts in communities, influenced over densification, and decreased social opportunities in the city. The urbanity of a city therefore requires interventions that create a sense of place to remedy the negative affects brought about by industrialization. 

ABSTRACT

VELLUM: BLOOP

What is bloop? A series of parts allowing you to make various combinations and uses seating, display, working. Bloop is made of 4 different parts with similar shapes and dimensions. Each piece can be arranged to make the pod, used on thier own, or in combinations with others in the series. 

Using Mexico City as a case study, this thesis therefore seeks to use the infrastructural system of the freeway to reform surrounding communities and rewrite the urban fabric by bringing people together in areas affected by the societal implications and rigidity of freeway infrastructure as a result of modernization, such as areas with homogenous program due to distinctive zoning. The type of architecture would be one that travels through the infrastructural freeways of Mexico City creating a series of layered public spaces for commuters and communities to exploit the mobility afforded by the freeway in order to produce a continually relocatable series of urban experiences. 

MEXICO CITY

This thesis proposes a type of architecture that travels through the infrastructural freeways of Mexico City creating a series of layered public spaces for commuters and communities that have been broken up due to this type of infrastructure. Freeways represent freedom and autonomy to the user to explore their city. However, freeways are also a source of frustration. Drivers on the freeways are stuck in the monotonous journey of the freeway, heads never straying to far from the taillights in front of them. The freeways turn into a destination driven infrastructure that can serve as a place for activated urban potential.

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