Luis Salas Porras
A set of speculative drawings and built works explores the translation of drawn architectural lines into graphic systems that organize 2d and 3d space. On paper, grids describing basic hierarchies are hybridized with content from various external sources. The hybridization occurs at the level of subject matter and at the level of representation mode, with the line providing the framework for content to be recontextualized. In these gridscapes seemingly unrelated or incompatible forms are organized by the line assemblages. In real spaces, the line works within a found architectural condition to create an intervention that visually reframes the existing. As it unfolds through space it relates elements into new visual hierarchies, delineating space in a way that augments the existing reality and operating simultaneously at the level of the virtual and physical/material. This graphic, essentialized space becomes the site of exchange between frame and content, drawing and mass, the abstract and the real.
Framing Territories for the Voluntary Refugees of Sea Level Rise
The key elements of a city’s composition and preservation are ripe for thought under the threat of global warming, sea level rise and the foreseeable shortage of natural resources. The proposed project develops a series of programmatic “rooms” delineated by infrastructural “walls” which resist or allow the passage water. These walls are response to Bridgeport’s current urban predicament, a condition epitomized by sprawling vacant lots and abandoned buildings. These walls are seen as spatial catalysts that frame defined zones in order to control the potential de-growth of the area stretching from downtown to Seaside Park. Like Highway I-95, they are always twofold: they work as enclosures as well as connective elements. We believe that introducing new boundaries can revitalize some important areas that have sunken in the homogenous landscape of Bridgeport, and simultaneously connect different isolated zones of the city. Programmatically, the entire waterfront area is rehabilitated around new forms of local production, from aquaculture to greenhouses agriculture. Wetlands and dry terrains alternate in order to form a diverse landscape.