This project is about an experience. It attempts to capture the essence and characteristics of a place. It is not intended to solve any problems, pass judgment or impose an ideology; rather it seeks to celebrate its reality through a spectacle. Long or short, timid or passionate, a kiss is spectacular, the coalition of two bodies, bodies that in moment of collision transform flex, violate, an operation of temporary eccentricity. It is a captivating union during which detachment is implausible yet inescapable.
The testing ground is an existing building in Tijuana’s Zona Norte, it is a place in constant struggle, shameful yet shameless, cynical yet hopeful, a social duality. The intervention is a passionate kiss to a stubborn Mexican morality. Kissing is also a kind way to say good bye to an old architectural scene in which architecture is unavoidably cast as an appalling character, sometimes victim sometimes villain but always closer to failure than success.
Signs of Attraction
Tectonics of Poetry
Designer: Miguel A. Reyes, Cesar Cardenas
Location: Valle Las Palmas, Mexico [East of Tijuana]
The interaction of simple elements of a category creates a new category with superior capabilities. Through interaction and connection there is an instigation of spacial continuity. This strategy promotes expanding horizontally and vertically to compress and contract spaces in order to create pockets that implement activity. Manipulation of flow of people, private and social spaces come through a density gradient which moves throughout the site. Abstract spaces are created through the manipulation of mass; these can be fully taken advantage by flexibility. These spaces need to be adjustable in order to meet the ever changing needs of the people of Valle Las Palmas. Multi use program is a necessity for housing in Tijuana.
Beauty in Decay
Designer: Miguel A. Reyes
Location: Wancun Village, China
Sited at Wancun Village in South East China, this project is about revealing. The state of decay of the houses is crucial to the essence of the place. The textures they reveal in the state of decomposition, the erosion not only caused by time but also by experiences and events; the beautiful scars of performance, the accidental revealing of apertures that could have been a logical composition at the time of conception. This intervention does not seek to imitate or enhance an architectural vocabulary; rather it seeks to celebrate the stitching of new performances that caters to a fast evolving contemporary community.