As new forms arise to displace existing forms, an awkwardness emerges between what is left behind and what is brought forth. Spontaneity and variability construct the complex system in which the built environment occupies. Every action and reaction creates a rippling shockwave to both micro context and macro context as both are driven by visceral and rational means in an attempt to create a cogent grasp of how we live. Within the tensions of the emotional and the pragmatic, the old and the new, we end up in a vibrantly adhoc world. From a communal system down to a building’s subsystems, an adhocist agenda captures and amplifies the tension of natural growth. Despite the current trends, change and inconsistency are the constants that remain.
The purpose of this thesis is to forge a process of manipulating and exploiting manufactured subsystems of form to create a custom culture, a culture that embodies both change and distinction. This new constructed element will engage a range of scales down to the smallest joints and junctions in which I am interested in the idea of the concealment of the seam, where connections are hidden and blended.
The setting for my thesis is the Angewandte competition in Vienna. The winning entry by Wolfgang Tschapeller takes the adhoc dialogue to a familiar point, but in the process creating a scaffolded facade that envelopes the entirety of the former building along one side, like a glistening mask that conceals an ugly face. I wish to revisit the competition in a way that fabricates a bond between both buildings of the site and without diluting or covering up either one.
Instead, through acknowledging and exploiting the individual properties of the two very distinct buildings, a new adhoc creature can emerge. Within this animal is the embodiment of how an adhoc approach can unify without the loss of the original properties. The isolated property and structure of each element, tracks the residual effects of each formative transformation leading up to a connection forged among a multiplicity of joints. Within these subsystems, the blending approaches the adhoc dialogue from a more system driven approach, one of unification and coherence while maintaining embedded distinctions that each piece has culminated over its independent lifespan. There is a new connection, but one that is not compromised by the reduction of form through a generic blend. This new connection does not simply bridge two disparate elements, but instead forges an entirely new creature.