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Microcommunity-primary cell of the Mega(Meta)city by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

Walking around Chinatown I was always perceiving the street fronts as not-permeable, neon sign decorated shields of family businesses, gold shops, food corners and tasty deserts. Nevertheless, the backdrop of these shields embraces behind itself the reminiscence of the organic city, labyrinths that seem “without purpose”, micro open spaces, entrances to homes, shrines, temples, markets..

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That's a wrap! by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

 

Istanbul: Memories of a city Orhan Pamuk
"We live in age defined by mass migration and creative immigrants and so I am sometime hard-pressed to explain why I've stayed not only in the same place, but in the same building... At least once in a lifetime, self-reflection leads us to examine the circumstances of our birth. Why were we born in this particular corner of the world, on this particular date? These families into which we were born, these countries and cities to which the lottery of life has assigned us - they expect love from us, and in the end, we do love them, from the bottom of our hearts - but did we perhaps deserve better? I sometimes think myself unlucky to have been born in an ageing and impoverished city buried under the ashes of a ruined empire. But a voice inside me always insists this was really a piece of luck."

Well, back to the drawing board to catch up with next projects.. 

Designing impermanence by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

 
 

***Macedonian version bellow

  1. Impermanence is one of the essential doctrines or three marks of existence in Buddhism. The term expresses the Buddhist notion that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, or in a constant state of flux.

Reading through my notes and sketches yesterday I noticed how much I’ve put a spotlight to the notion of informal space creation.

Since 2 weeks now we are working on an architecture competition dealing with a similar context like Bangkok, making me question in repetition how to “allow” enough space for informal space creation, or how to create a wall which will in the same time will be an interface?

It has become my lens in which I tend to dissect the various layers of the city’s palimpsest. I have been looking at it as a mirror with double sides, one that projects the ingenuity of handmade urbanism and the other one which creates a cross-section between city right and city reality.

Barry Bells’ Bangkok Angelic allusions is a book that found me recently. It is somewhere between text, observation and poetry. Pretty much the “sensitivity” to understand the (in)sensitivity cross illusion of Bangkok.

There is a story in it about the famous Thai architect Sithanonchai.

“A famous Thai folk tale, the spirit of quickness and flexibility material manifest: Sithanonchai, a legendary hero, convinced the sovereign of Ayutthaya to challenge the Burmese to a pagoda-building contest, the first to finish becoming the victor. Having agreed to the contest,

The Burmese immediately set about mobilizing a large labor force and brought in large quantities of brick and stone. On the Thai side, aided by only a few people, Sithanonchai, an architect par excellance, very quickly erected a wooden structure, wrapped it in cloth in the agreed shape and size of the pagoda, and duly won the day. “

I find myself believing that this mirror is more like the infinity of mirrors being reflected when two of them are set once against the others. The handmade city creation, possible in millions of variations, creates the sense of the things missing in the city while in the same time being responsive to the given conditions and always aware of its imperemance.

Well, back to the drawing board.

Trying once again to create the wall that will be as weightless as the cloth made pagoda and in the same time with mirror impermanence. 

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  1. Непостојаноста е една од есенцијалните доктрини или трите принципи на постоење во Будизмот. Терминот го искажува будистичкиот поим дека сите постоења, без исклучок се транзиторни и во константнa состојба на премин.

Вчера, прелистувајќи ги белешките и скиците постојано налетував на клучните зборови неформално создавање на простор.

Веќе две недели работиме на конкурс којшто е со сличен контекст како Бангкок, оставајќи ме постојано со истото прашање како да дозволиме доволно простор за неформално создавање на простор или како да се создаде ѕид којшто истовремено би бил и меѓуврска?

Го користам како леќа низ којашто ја набљудувам слоевитоста на градскиот палимпсест. Ми наликува на огледало коешто има две страни, една која ја прикажува генијалноста на рачниот урбанизам и другата којашто создава пресек помеѓу правото на град и градската реалност.

Многу скоро ме најде книгата на Бери Бел “Бангкок-ангелски алузии”. Текстот е помеѓу поезија, истражување и набљудување, сосема соодветнa сензитивност за разбирање на симбиозата илузија-(не)сензитивност на Бангкок.

Во нејзе пронајдов приказна за познатиот Таи архитект Sithanonchai.

“Позната Таи народна приказна, за духот на брзината и манифест за флексибилноста на градежниот материјал : Ситанончаи, легендарен херој ги убедил властите на Аутхаја да ги предзвикаат Бурманците да организираат конкурс да изградат пагода, првиот што ќе заврши да биде прогласен за победник. Откако се согласиле да го организираат конкурсот ,

Бурманците веднаш мобилизирале голема работна сила и носеле големи количини на цигли и камења. На Таи страната, подржани од само неколкумина, Ситанончаи, архитект пар екселанс, многу брзо поставил дрвена конструкција, ја завиткал во ткаенина, одговарајќи на соодветната големина и форма на пагодата и прописно “извојувал” победа.”

Кога мислам на огледалото се повеќе мислам дека е со оној ефект на бесконечност кога две огледала ќе се стават едно наспроти другото. Рачно изработениот град, со бесконечно многу варијанти, не тера да мислиме на него со восхит, наспроти тоа што искажува недостатоци на градот, истовремено егзистирајќи со доверлив одговор на условите и свесност за сопствената краткотрајност.

Повторно размислувајќи за нашиот концепт.

Обидувајќи се да проектираме ѕид кој ќе биде со доволна леснотија како пагодата направена од ткаенина и во исто време со огледална непостојаност. 

Three urban scenarios of living published in Porta 3 magazine by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

Architecture magazine Porta 3 has published the Thong Lo BTS trilogy: Three urban scenarios of living. 

“The creative milieu represented in Thong Lo trilogy is a small scale personification of the essential identity of Bangkok. The differences in the spatial dialogue, the pedestrian trajectories, public space and the iconography of the separate scenographies constitute a city- synthesis of distinctive users and happenings.”

Креативното милје прикажано во Трилогијата Тонглор го персонифицира есенцијалниот идентитет на Бангкок во помал размер. Разликите во просторниот дијалог, пешачките траектории, јавниот простор и иконографијата на сите поединечни сценографии го прават градот синтеза од различни корисници и случувања”. 

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Walk above it all by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

 

Condominium slogans reveal a great deal about constructing urban identities and urban lifestyles. Still working on my mini collection of condominium slogans ( specifically on condominiums close to the BTS station ).

In the meantime, mapping and exploring development phases in Thong Lo has become a task. Using google's earth history tool it's convenient enough to depict certain places of development and how they have changed in the last 10 years. Since Bangkok post revealed that Sukhumvit 38 beginning street food ingenuity will be replaced with a developer's plan of a luxury condominium, I am interested in going even more in depth with changes in land ownership, urban development versus labor/residence alterations, stages of breaking the "ecosystem of the soi" , effects and consequences of differentiating the residential and productive functions and forces of the neighbourhood. 

Bellow is the historical development of Noble Remix 2 condominium which is connected with Thong Lo BTS station with it's individual elevated access. This only indicates the change in the physical form, the urban tissue of the district. What happens bellow it all, the invisible elevated city layer versus the informal "performative environments" remain an ongoing research. 

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2011- PEDESTRIAN PATHS ARE ADDED CONNECTING THE BTS AND THE CONDOMINIUM WITH AN ELEVATED PLATFORM 

2015- NEW CONSTRUCTION SITE NEXT TO NOBLE REMIX 2 (RIGHT SIDE) "CYCLE" BEGGINS AGAIN 

2015- NEW CONSTRUCTION SITE coming soon Sukhumvit 38 shophouses to be demolished and replaced by luxury condominium 



Preparing for MaPS. Mastering Public Space by Aleksandra Shekutkovska

 

 

via: http://www.cityspacearchitecture.org/?e=25

By City Space Architecture

City Space Architecture is proud to announce a series of events for the presentation of first year's results of "MaPS. Mastering Public Space", international research project, that will take place May 23-31, 2015 in Italy.

MaPS is a collaborative research network involving more than 25 leading Universities and institutions all around the world. It promotes a critical reflection on public space, in a multidisciplinary field of action. 

MaPS works on education, research and innovative, human-oriented design.

MaPS is part of an international debate on public space and urbanity. It is a network of cities from Argentina, United States of America, Canada, Italy, Spain, Greece, Crete, Germany, UK, Sweden, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

MaPS involves scholars together with undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from:
National Technical University of Athens, Greece / University of Auckland, New Zealand / Thammasat University, Thailand / UPC – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain / QUT – Queensland University of Technology, Australia / Universidad de Palermo, Argentina / Lebanese American University, Lebanon / University of Canberra, Australia / Illinois Institute of Technology, USA / Università di Bologna, Italia / The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China / Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel / Taylor’s University, Malaysia / University of Nicosia, Cyprus / Carleton University, Canada / KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden / co+labo Radovic, Keio University, Japan / Università degli studi di Firenze, Italy / National Taiwan University, Taiwan

and professionals from:
Barcelona / Beirut / Berlin / Bologna / London / Mostar / Tripoli
and non-profit cultural associations such as:
International Society of Biourbanism / Labirinto: Culture e Civiltà Mediterranee

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GENERAL PROGRAM OF EVENTS

On May 23, 2015, at the III Biennale dello Spazio Pubblico the results of the first year of MaPS’s activities will be presented and discussed during an international workshop, involving all affiliated members. The Biennial is a national event promoted by the Italian Institute for Urban Planners in collaboration with the National Council of Architects that takes place at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Roma Tre.

On May 24, 2015, MaPS will be presented at MAXXI B.A.S.E in Rome, during an international symposium and exhibition. MAXXI is the National Museum of the XXIst Century Arts in Rome, it is an Italian leading institution, well-known internationally.

After the Roman events, MaPS will travel across Italy, it will reach Ascoli Piceno, a case study of Jan Gehl’s investigations on public space, for a two-day photography workshop (May 27-28), then Urbino, the ideal city, and Bologna, where it will have another session (May 29) at the Urban Center