on liminality…

It is evident that there is a psychological significance embedded in all architectural forms we construct in the environment. That significance is imposed on us individually and collectively, taking many shapes and modes of expression, and it is not necessarily always radically explicit.

In fact, the significance imposed on frequent city dwellers is - in most cases - subtle and unconscious, making it harder to trace back or frame its effect.

Borrowing from Michael Foucault's input on Heterotopian spaces, "About Liminality" attempts to explore the notion of liminal spaces beyond their physical property.

The research seeks to re-read the cities' constructed environments and certain architectural forms (e.g. public parking garages) to explore the proximity relationship between the different components within a constructed space. And to detect the influence of the existing hegemonic order on our behavior in these spaces.

The research at the moment is focusing on the public parking garage as a sort of case study, taking an extended look into its history and exploring ways to engage with and dismantle the binary gaze governing it and influencing its structure and trajectory.

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between dualities.. lies a whole spectrum of rays

sound installation (2019 - ongoing)

6-channel sound installation, 24 min./loop.

In an attempt to unfold the complex identity of the public parking garage structure, “between dualities.. lies a whole spectrum of rays” propose an alternative reading for the garage as a liminal space that exists within a city. The work aims to emphasize the unique spatial qualities of this architectural structure while questioning its current/or future function.

between dualities

written essay (2019)

"between dualities" is a written piece on re-reading the public parking garage as a possible heterotopian space and a building typology manifested into the constructed environment through/by a technological shift. The text traces the history and differing stages of this architectural typology and its relationship to hegemony and binary divisions starting from 1905 onwards.

This text is also the first chapter of a larger body of work under the title The Construct Book.

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