The gateway, a non-tower tower, represents the design of a high-rise as a process through an alternative approach to orientation and verticality. Gateway challenges verticality by using the synergetic forces, breaking, and growth. By reconceptualization its ground and verticality in complex vectors and movements, it invites the simulacrum of non-linear climbing up. Design and research by Mahyar Mostafavy at Urbatecture SuperStudio.

A skeleton of four radical iterations with perceptionist view; four sections shaped by redefinition of counter-single-surface architecture covered by panels of various transparency creates “clear enigmatic” indoor spaces for the spectators from outside. The idea is to challenge the “convex understanding” of formal complexity from outside. By providing the moment of readability, the complexity comes out of uncertain inside with an amalgamation of movement with the displacement of the program that represents the oneiric view of form. Design and research by Barrak Darweesh at Urbatecture SuperStudio.

“Negative spaces are not that negative… in fact, they are as positive as the positive spaces.” – Dr. Eric Farr.
Contemplating on the surfaces or volumes, then the spaces encompassed by those surfaces, then the negative spaces curved out, has been taken for granted as the standard procedure of dealing with the form-space dichotomy. In this design research project, the emphasis is to (re)define the relationship between the signified by forms and solids as a posteriori to the envisaging the signifier of the voids. The voids, as the absence of objects, are objectified in themselves as if they are suspending in the structure of negative spaces, hence the being-in-there is delineated by the frailty of not-being-present-in-there. Design and research by Emmanuel Roumeliotis at Urbatecture SuperStudio.

Instructor: Eric R. P. Farr, Ph.D., M.Arch., Int’l Assoc. AIA, ACIAT, APA, LEEDGA