ELEMENTAL INTERACTIVITY - BIG! BAD? MODERN 1: THE EFFICIENCY OF LOOSENESS - ACUPUNCTURE IN THE ORF
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Rather than proposing a "great new", vision for the ORF we looked closely at the building itself to discover the potential that it already possesses.
Central to our project in CMT this semester is the ORF building itself.
Through numerous visits; Consultation with former employees, associates, building manager, structural engineers and building physicists; Thermal, acoustic, lighting and video tests; Imagery, photography and large scale panoramas; The students consolidated their knowledge to produce the first in-depth survey of the ORF building and its workings since its inception.
This depth of knowledge endowed the students with a clear understanding of this building and allowed them to approach the design task, which involved the acupunctural insertion of a school for new media, in an informed manner. They learned to find the right questions to pose rather than rushing in with so-called "solutions, to consider only interventions which added qualities without extinguishing the ones they have just discovered.
Perhaps the most enduring and least questioned principle of modern architecture, is that of the efficiency of a building planned to cater to the needs of a user at a point in time. Today this principle constantly produces buildings which are outdated even before they have been completed. With our project this semester we demonstrate that a building reveals itself to be durable when it can absorb new functions rather than adapt to them: This form of efficiency admits the limits of planning and increases the life-span of buildings. The efficiency of looseness.