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.
Radic, Smiljan, “Un Ruido Naranjo” BIArch Lecture, 2010
Michaux, Henri, “Les Grandes Epreuves de l’esprit”, Gallimard, 1966
finding difference in pursuit of an emergent whole,
wonderful thresholds of slope + step solutions in Valparaíso, Chile.
catalog continuation from slope + step solutions & between step and slope
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.
Access to industry and proximity to freight
Earth dancing dances dance
Unavoidable lessons of force and motion
Unavoidable lessons of material connection
Unavoidable lessons of spatial negotiations
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more fantastic thresholds resolving the difference between slope and step of Valparaiso, Chile
additions to between step and slope
Thresholds of Valparaiso, Chile