In the last centuries, coal miners used to take canaries down the caverns.
If a canary died, they were alerted to leave. The birds tested the environment.
Restaurants, bars, galleries take this task in the urban context . They
explore the unused spaces far before others. Some die, some succeed. They
show us if the atmosphere is livable or not.
Manhattan waterfront New York, the abandoned buildings of the former
meat packing district allow the existence of an incredible underground
glow today, whereas the waterfront itself is still uninhabited and endangered
by the out of scale plans of a park. Our aim is to design an architecture
that allows that the glow of this underground life can reach the waterfront,
to ignite life.
dancing stars around the characters show the visibility range limited
by the density of the pillars. They create the dynamic boundaries of the
functions. The more one function glows the more it reduces the space the
others share. Secret functions create less glow than public ones. Hidden
functions can exist in the shadow of others, distance is kept by mutual
Differentscenarios are shown, for the dynamic nature of the design doesn't
allow non-timebased sections, drawings...
The use the knowledge of the existing glow, we have introduced the 'character
oriented design', where a set of fictional individuals - likely to be
existing in the meatmarket today - are defined and carefully described.
A cartoon is narrating the various explorations and creative use of the
proposed space. The characters are mapped how they find their ways in
the space, how they overlap in using it, how they coexist in time.