tutor | tarek zeidan
INHABITED URBAN CONNECTIONS
Students were asked to select and analyze a contemporary built connection that makes a valuable architectural /structural contribution to its context, designed for pedestrians/ cyclists. Analysis included function, structural system, materials, social aspect, symbolism, and aesthetic value of built structure within its context.
Based the first analysis, and based on the student’s experience of disconnection within a familiar urban context in Lebanon, each student was asked to propose a needed connection. The interruption may be generated by changes in textures/ materials, scale, program or circulation.
After further analysis of inhabited bridges including: function, structural system, materials, social aspect, symbolism, and aesthetic value within its contexts, each student proposed and developed a structure to be added to an existing connection in the city in view of inhabiting it. Beyond the requirement of the program and the constraints of the site and the connection, a special focus was made on the integration between the structural system, the internal spaces and the external aesthetics of the project throughout the design process.