Location : Venice
Year : 2011
"Venice is stolen. Venice is sick. Venice is under threat."
Can Venice restart itself in the sense that there is room, again, for the city to grow and redevelop itself? But not growth and development in the traditional "stupid" way of “more and bigger.” But instead in a more sustainable way of better and denser. Sustainable in that we bring in the natural component of the land and water. The interface of land and water is the natural location for the creation of life as described within the discourse of biology. The architectural translation of this is that the interface of different social classes is the productive force that creates, forms and reshapes social live. The new rules of social interaction, that come with the productive creation of new social spaces are the grounding foundation for a viably economic development. Without an interface between people that have never met before, localized in a social space, no economical development can be sustained.
The beauty of Venice lies within its "elegant decay." Venice today was created by a solid marriage between land and water that survived centuries of intrusions, destructions and revolutions. Tucked under the intricate and deceptive skin, lies a series of 'bubble factories' built around the skeleton of Venice. They belong to the buildings.
These bubbles are a concoction of virtual and physical, solid and fluid that transcends the past and present through a new medium of interaction. It is viral.
The factory is the very base condition of Venice in which we incept the new seeds of, sustainable, growth. Because we incept the bubbles so strongly into Venice, by linking it to the site conditions of land and water, the social conditions of the co-existence of social groups and the dwelling of the deep historical notion of Venice, they won't come across as hostile and alien. Rather as foreign, foreign to both locals and non-locals.
This causes social boundaries to shift. People might find themselves all of a sudden in a different social group with different people they, at first sight, thought to be socially disconnected.
Jun Ong & Sybren Boomsma