Project name: The Carpet City - Eudoxia
Italo Calvino’s Le città invisibili [Invisible Cities], published in 1972, explores the fine line between reality and the imaginary. Penned within its pages are the imaginary landscapes of 55 urban landscapes, as described by Marco Polo to an aging emperor, Kublai Khan.
Due to linguistic differences between Polo and the emperor the only way of describing the chartered and explored urban settings to the emperor is through narratives [stories] and objects. It is through the mismatch of language skills and personal interpretations of the objects and the observer that the open-ended interpretations of cities, people and landscapes occur.
Themes unify the various city descriptions. These range from City & Memory, Cities & Desire, Cities & Signs, Thin Cities, Trading Cities, Cities & Eyes, Cities & Names, Cities & the Dead, Cities & the Sky, Continuous Cities and Hidden Cities.
Aims and focus of the subject
The use and importance of model, whether conceptual or detailed, forms and important and crucial aspect to the spatial thinking. Tendencies in recent years have highlighted how designers use models as tools to explore deeper understandings of forms, tectonics and most importantly, concepts.
The aims of the first project are to examine, explore and depict one narrative contained within Invisible Cities through the use spatial exploration in model format. Students are meant to read and interpret a specific narrative / story and three dimensionally explore / visualize the chosen narratives through tectonics, structure, form, order, thresholds, or any spatial quality of the city described in only 1 model.
Sushakri Chow & Pang Ho Ho from BA (Hons) Scheme in Design / Environment & Interior – Year 3