33_Natalie Bezarashvili: Palace of Congestion

Natalie Bezarashvili

 I studied at the Georgian Technical University faculty of Architecture design and urban planning of Tbilisi, Georgia.  During my Master’s studies I worked as an assistant architect at architectural service department of Georgian technical university. I founded earlier this year an architecture atelier “Folie_Arc “,  with my friend and associate Shota Jojua,  with whom I attended  “The Poetics of Architecture Studio” within the course at the university.  I had the most talented professors: PHD of architecture Shota Bostanashvili and his son associated professor PHD of architecture David Bostanashvili.  At the studio we focused not only on architecture projects and visualization, but also on conceptual paper architecture and we challenged and explored the complex theme of architectural follies.

The presented materials are the extension of my Thesis: The Uprise (Skyscraper) created during my mater’s study time at the studio. Recently at the competition held by Arquideas of IE SPACES FOR INNOVATION PRIZE my work “Palace of Congestion” was among the five SPECIAL MENTIONS. [http://www.arquideas.net/3sfi1043]

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The concept idea of the presented theme as questions the future of work, retail and learning environments and references the article of Rem Koolhaas “Life in the Metropolis or the Culture of Congestion”.

The proposed plan as a collage of functions that describes on the synthetic platforms an episode of Metropolitan ritual. Each of the rectangles of the edifice is such a “scenario with a differentiated suggestive — if abstract— plots”. That completed the utopian aspirations of architecture created in advance for the future decade between the rational sense “as a manifest will to power whose desire for a collective freedom had been converted into the totalizing formula of a steel and glass cage, “towards the innovational way through the history of high rises. Will do well for the future everyday lives.

The futuristic concerns and its maintenance of what should still be seen as functionalist and programmatic wills, is characterized by the vast space consumption, congestion and all manner of worldliness created the “techno-psychic” environment. As once were built skyscrapers to economize the land at the expense of high rise, vertical planning, and multi storied spaces in a few decades won't be enough for enlarged scales. Some measures need to be taken altogether. The edifice creates a void of Veil * that acts as an intersection of the sky (clouds, sky dwellers, birds etc.); the edifice can be described as the /interface/ between  /nature/ and / techno/  or also as the transition zone where natural  and technical uses mix and often clash. Alternatively, it can be viewed as an independent land (sky) scape type in its own right, one forged from an interaction of a nature and mechanical man made uses.

Skyrise located in urban jungle and its residents squeeze into an even smaller area: much of the territory is so mountainous it is impossible to build on. As it is known the birds have so called sky lands and sky highways, where they can fly or even feel home. With limited space to grow outwards, Metropolis has been expanding upwards for decades, and now has more skyscrapers than New York or Hong Kong in the very midst of 2020s; the places for birds are being displaced as the skyscrapers are high enough to dwell the sky! There will be opened spaces where one feels on the land and not inside the building.  It is one of the rare 21st century buildings that is truly revolutionary: it offers a full inventory of the fundamental modifications—technical and psychological—that are caused by life in the Metropolis, and that separate this century from all previous ones. Its existence allows a spectrum of experiences on a single place that was previously unthinkable. It is the edifice of edifies in a word a place that includes other buildings with its infrastructures. Thus the whole metropolis is included at the Skyrise of congestion.

The promise of the 200-story Building—that of a skyscraper fully conquered by higher forms. All the latent potential of the skyscraper as a type is exploited in a masterpiece of the Culture of Congestion, a Constructivist Social Condenser materialized in the Palace of Congestion.

Veil *_ is the free form of void that can be folded. It is habitable and can endure all kinds of shape changes. Created at “The Poetics of Architecture Studio “.