Collective MIRAGE, a set of principles:
Considering space as the projection of individual perceptions instead of a fixed reality
Overlapping scales, imagining society from the individual to the collectivity
Constructing alternative realities to confront our own
Allowing flexibilty in time and space to better accommodate changing wants and needs
Application – Projectual presets
A retrospective approach :
Reconstruction of partly destroyed cities after the war as a starting point for the creation of a new way of living.
Valorisation of artisanal and traditional micro-factories based on cooperative and collaborative work
An alternative way of life:
Creation of a new community and social identity by using rationalism
Implementation of a circular economy rather than a competitive one
Promotion of localised production instead of globalized capitalism
Encouragement of a solidary community instead of an individualistic one
LA PLATEFORME, Tokyo, 1945
We chose to implant our platform in city of Tokyo left devastated after the american bomings of the second world war. This unfortunate Tabula Rasa allows us to use this space as a projection of what could have been. The 2x2km platform is intended as a place made for the production of goods, an activity much needed in times of post-war reconstruction. It is ideally situated close to both railway and waterway lines for transportation of goods and ressources that function in a circular manner. However, the free space of this seemingly infinite platform erases the barriers and limitations of the individualistic society and creates an arena for collaborative working and living. By sharing infrastructure and knowledge, the traditional japanese micro-factories are able to thrive as a collective.
LA VILLE VERTE, Rotterdam, 1945
The city of Rotterdam lost most of its urban center after the Blitz of 1940. We decided to use this void inside the city to create our «Ville verte» as the green lungs of the city while also proposing an alternate way of using the ground, of producing goods and of collective living. A system of parallel bars creates a densly populated area, while also maintaining the soil permeable and usable for agriculture. Each individual bar functions in its own as it encapsulates all the aspects of everyday living, from labor, to recreation. The system also functions as a whole by creating a network of infrastructures that allow communication throughout the whole site. This autonomous and autosufficient system shows the possibility of a more environmentally conscious way of living, while promoting human interaction and collaboration.
Daydream of modern times