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The City is a Public Space

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The City is a Public Space

Turchin Sergey

Dedicated to Zhanna Dikaya

1. The City is a public space that occurs in the vacant places at the border of the intersections of the community’s interests. Public intersections appear in the political space which can exist due to the possibility of conflict and a decision consensus. They appear in the intermediate space (the so-called space «inbetween») between the main elements.

Garden of Eden = provocation?
It is believed that the Garden of Eden is a place for a perfect life. In the garden the tree of  knowledge with the forbidden fruit exists. The ban expresses more language than in the physical articulation. Verbal admonition tells us, that the tree did not have physical limitations. Therefore, the ability to violate the ban existed as freedom of choice. At the same time, there are public rules. Freedom – a precondition for further evolution.

2. To go from a passive state to an active, provocation is necessary, motivating people for action. For the construction of  public space the process of interaction between the participants, which can implement by the integration of different communities is vital(consumer society, society of the spectacle, etc.).
The city consists of several quarters. The population is mostly constituted of  Jews, as well as Armenians, Russian, Persian. It is polycentric and consist of many diverse elements, each of which is autonomous and has its own center, no one of which is dominant. Elements consist of complex structures, owned and render habitable residents.

3. Striving for equality, the human was captured by the ‘same.’ Users perform the same work, the same feel, the same thought. The City works as a machine producing tangible and material resources. Indifference, apathy, short memory, not permanence – their characteristics.  The homogeneous space of the ground floor consists of alternations of dark (for buildings) and light (streets, yards) spaces. Streets cease to exist as infrastructure and social institution. Social contacts occur in the common area on the border of private and public.

5_1/5_2. To improve the political ambitions of the country, the international institution, located inside the building, will create a counterweight to Western superpowers. The part on the top of the building moves vertically, changing its position in space, affecting the city’s skyline. In the first position the building is open, pass to the courtyard activists and other non-governmental organizations. In the second position it creates a closed courtyard for private events.

6_1/6_2. Based on the principles of association and the separation of private and public space. Each employee has their own work space inside a container, which «look» to the Square. Transitions are the intermediary that connect and disconnect the containers with a common space. Workers can move only with special vehicles .

Interview

Who influences you graphically?
Basically I was influenced by video art, music art and artists such as Alessandro Bavari. Also I have to remark Zhanna Dikaya. She was my muse and inspired me all the time.

How does your choice in graphic language reflect the thesis of the project? The use of one monotonous colour/render?
I believe that monotonous graphics can represent idea as clear as possible. I often use this technique in my work.

How would an aesthetic like the on in image one where you explore the garden of eden have impacted the proposal and the way it is perceived?
The Idea of interpretation of the Garden of Eden is an openness and freedom that might provoke people to an action. I try to establish this provocation line as a part of human interaction.

What is your take on the hyper realistic render?
I guess the hyper realistic technique has possibility to show us as much as possible information about the project and idea. In some ways such graphic reflects the atmosphere of the city.

You talk about the need for public space but seize to show any human interaction and appropriation through the way the images are illustrated, why so?
For me images have the same power of information like music, video, drawing and text. But image can explain the atmospheric of the city much better.

What is the effect and purpose of the silhouettes? How does the rendering of them as the structure reflect on the ‘humanity’ of them?
The main purpose of the silhouettes is to demonstrate character of this people. Striving for equality, the man was captured in the sameness. They characterized by apathy, short memory, non-permanence. People are fickle, architecture is constant.
Any visitor of the city will be a stranger. I tried to intensify this phenomenon in graphics. Everybody look to viewer.

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