overload and un-simplify

In “Les Grandes Epreuves de l’esprit” Henri Michaux states the human need “to overload and un-simplify” which Smiljan Radic refers when introducing his term dissolution construction technique and further illustrates as “unsteady joints, loose nails, oblique angles, rough measurements, splinters, fragility, oversizing, cracks, poverty.”

Valparaiso is an assemblage of dissolution construction techniques resulting in a rich collage of material and soft ambiguity of edges. Metal, wood and corrugated sheet metal are the prevalent city building materials and with portable tools are immediately modifiable, i.e. screw adds and saw edits. The following images are material examples of this directness in resolving what is at hand and one of the foundational characteristics of this city.

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References:
Radic, Smiljan, “Un Ruido Naranjo” BIArch Lecture, 2010
Michaux, Henri, “Les Grandes Epreuves de l’esprit”, Gallimard, 1966

port side performance

Avenue Errazuriz runs along the port rim of Valparaíso offering the most direct means of moving across the city.  Looking towards the hills, buildings stand in formal order lining this major corridor while buses, collectivos, dogs, port authorities, residents, visitors, mope heads, and bicyclists make their way back and forth activating this sea edge.

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2013 . impression of Valparaiso

Valparaiso’s Power
42 hills
Pacific Ocean
Pungent smells
Penetrating sounds
Voyeristic views
Access to industry and proximity to freight
Abrasive grounds
Precipitous edges
Concealed terrain
Earth dancing dances dance
Visceral limits
Multiple dimensions
Unavoidable lessons of force and motion
Unavoidable lessons of material connection
Unavoidable lessons of spatial negotiations

 

>> 2011 . impression of Valparaiso – Valparaiso & Victoria