Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 4, No 2 (2012)

The City of Pain: Power Found in the Form of the Building as a Sign

Jovilė Porvaneckaitė


To consciously provoke the society’s reaction, an architectural object is inserted – on the design offer level – into the main recreational zone of the New York peninsula, the Central Park area. Besides, the social and cultural phenomena inspired by the innovative form of this project are touched upon. The article aims to analyse the process of form modelling and, consequently, perform a research on the form power based on an experimental project carried out by the author. It is also sought to find out the influence of the volume deficiency formed in the city’s planning system on the suggestibility of the building’s form. In the given project, the term volume deficiency is used to describe the stress environment within the city structure, formed on the artistic, planning, volume, stylistic, value or historical basis that programmes the continuity of the above processes after integration of the newly proposed object into the above-mentioned environment. Artistic value of the volume developed within the stress environment and adapted to it provides the suggestibility to the form typical to objects of mass attraction. The form designed in such space obtains all the features characteristic to an architectural sign or urban dominant. The City of Pain project is created as a bridge connecting a narrow city system with large area of artificial recreational space. The building is formed as a corridor for social provocation and laboratory of the modern society’s behaviour.

Article in Lithuanian

Article in: Lithuanian

Article published: 2012-05-11

Keyword(s): : building as a sign; form; power of the form; form modelling; developed (or formed) deficiency; architectural experiment; recreational space

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2012.24

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