Tamrat Tesfaye Gebremichael
Advanced Design Studio: Aureli
The project reinvigorates the residential hotel model for a new generation of precarious workers by reclaiming an object of housing infrastructure lost in the evolution of domestic space: the core. All domestic activities such as sleeping, cooking, eating and cleaning are consolidated within the core, liberating the periphery as a non-typological space without any prescribed functions. The project proposes a system of cores with degrees of sharing and privacy embedded in its organization; a single core is always shared between multiple residents and operates as a partition that mediates the private and collective spaces. The core is not only reclaimed in terms of its functionality, but more importantly becomes the critical element of collective living that restructures and provides clarity to domestic space and ritual.
The core system is not predicated on any specific form or typology. As such, the project may be deployed in three different forms specific to three different urban conditions in San Francisco: the high rise tower in the Financial District, the bar building in the mid-scale blocks along the city’s transit corridors, and the one-story building in the former industrial areas. While the scale and form of the project adapt to these different site conditions, the grammar of the core system remains the same, providing a legible urban form to the precarious subject. As opposed to the existing urban structures which conceal the presence of a residential hotel’s inhabitant to preserve an illusion of stability, the project offers a form of representation to this new form of inhabitation. The project aims to reconfigure the domestic space as one defined by mobility and collective living, providing both an interior space and a legible urban form through which these subjects can recognize themselves as a new political body in the city.
2024 Boston Olympic Village: An Unconventional Convention
An Unconventional Convention
This project reimagines the expansion of the existing convention center as an opportunity to create a new type of urban center in post-Olympics Boston. Instead of expanding the convention center by merely enlarging its current footprint as the existing proposal intends to do, we propose to strategically extend the convention center in a linear fashion across the entire site. As such the new linear expansion serves as a spine for future localized activities and programs to form around it. Hence, the existing convention center is simultaneously expanded in footprint but also reconceived in scale and scope of programs to sustain an intensity of activities in post-Olympics Boston.
Seoul, a constantly changing city, is at a confluence of historical-cultural preservation and progress. The current urban landscape of Seoul results from its numerous urban projects that attempt to revive historical identity as well as to establish its position as a global city.
The Han River divides the city into its historical center and the emerging economic districts north and south of the river respectively. In addition, the river also marks the different urban fabrics that the city has adopted on each side.
The tabula rasa condition of the south allows for an unhindered urban project while the historical north desires for interventions that are more considerate to the existing urbanscape. Nationally, the contemporary topic of cultural and urban reformation in the city has been about its attempts to reclaim its identity. Seoul addresses such issues of reclaiming its identity through urban developments that are rooted in restoring and reviving its historical face alongside a contemporary urban movement.