SUSANNE ZOTTL
 ARCHITECTURE
             
SCI-ARC LOS ANGELES
VISITING PROFESSOR SPRING TERM 2002
LOS ANGELES
THIRD YEAR 3B
DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS:
ANABOLIC, METABOLIC, CATABOLIC
2002

SCI-ARC
LOS ANGELES

VISITING PROFESSOR SPRING TERM 2002
LOS ANGELES
THIRD YEAR 3B
DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS: ANABOLIC, METABOLIC, CATABOLIC
2002

SUSANNE ZOTTL             
ARCHITECTURE MAG.ARCH.    
                          
SUSANNE.ZOTTL@ZOTTLBUDA.AT
ASLANGASSE 10/2/4         
1190 VIENNA AUSTRIA       
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IN BETWEEN
„Not reflection, but forgetting; not contradiction, but a contestation that effaces; not reconciliation, but droning on and on; not mind in laborious conquest of its unity, but the endless erosion of the outside; not truth finally shedding light on itself, but the streaming and distress of a language that has always already begun. Not speech, barely a murmur, barely a tremor, less than silence, less than the abyss of the void, the fullness of the void, something one cannot silence, occupying all of space, the uninterrupted, the incessant, a tremor and already a murmur, not a murmur but speech, and not just any speech, distinct speech, precise speech, within my reach.“
(Foucault / Blanchot)
 
An analogy taken from natural science helps to illustrate the way we perceive and create architectural space. Imagining and developing these spaces as well as inhabiting them is a dynamic process of adding, subtracting, transforming. Living organisms - and i would like to make this rule applicable for architecture as well - are being kept alive by a continuous creative process (”... Of more complex substances from simpler ones...” And vice versa). This search is asking for an experimental approach to unknown territories. This semester started up with an abstract exercise, that anticipated spatial targets and trained an intuitive approach to the given task.
  
In a first subject, space and built volume were explored as conglomerates of their contents - the objects and the connecting space in between them. While in the syllabus of the first investigation the task remained mainly abstract, in the main program the hereby found desirable spatial conditions were filled with required functions and invented situations.
   
THE PARK OF LETTERS / THE URBAN MEDIATOR
A LIBRARY IN LOS ANGELES

This library is open to the public. The building is a hybrid that interweaves public open spaces with private zones. It functions as an urban mediator. The threshold between public areas -the street and the library- will be dissolved. The sidewalk turns into an interior sequence of spaces that leads the visitor through the building. What kind of boundaries separate the public but still protected volume from the outside? On approaching the building and entering into its atmosphere, the visitor gradually transcends from street life into a surrounding that will open up his/her mind and imagination. The skins of the building transform from the traditional shell of shelter and protection to intimate, sensual cells that embrace the visitor, who is being slowly absorbed as he is by reading a book or doing a research. Being situated in a dense and highly frequented area of the city, the library offers spaces for intense exchange of information as well as zones for retreat, concentration and contemplation. Like a cathedral that is offering a public void within the condensed center of a city, this library provides spaces outside the commercial, business and entertainment zone of the city. The building is developed through its contents. It appears to be an agglomeration of these components. Its quality derives from the inner structure, the relation of the sequence of spaces inside and the space that remains in between them. The building itself is conceived as a continuous path, a public promenade. The smallest units of the library -its media- are going to change, disappear, reappear in an altered form over the course of the years. Regardless of the nature of the present and coming media, the visitor will be attracted by the spatial peculiarity of the building to actively make use of it. This library is the prototype of an urban structure that functions as a gesture of openness, encounter and communication.
    
THE STRATEGY
1 „Analysis of what is there“
2 „Critical analysis of the task“

This step will initiate the conceptual approach to the project. The given program opens up a theoretical discussion about the subject itself. You will have to take position to the task: What is your conceptual approach, what is your vision? Cross-references to the reading list and your individual conceptive work are expected.
Concept of the program
The characteristics and nature of a library will have to be defined. A research about its change of importance within the structure of a city as well as a study on different media (books, video, CD) can be the point of departure for this theoretical approach. You will define your vision about a place where information, exchange of knowledge and communication is going to take place. Why would people move from their homes or working places in order to get informations or help that they could also find via internet? (Why do people still go to the movies even though they have a TV-set at home?) The qualities of the main reading area and the spaces for individual use will have to be defined. We will talk about different modes and velocities of accessing and using the new structure.
3 „Analysis of what will be there“ - the program
     
THE CONSTRUCTION
The structure of the building and the choice of materials will inform and intensify the design. In cooperation with the structure faculty (visiting critics) the design will be deepened by taking into account physical facts (forces, spans,...) as well as qualities and characteristics of different materials that will be chosen in order to support the spatial ideas.
      
READINGS
Additional readings will support the discussion:
The description of the library in „The Name of the Rose“ - Umberto Eco
The Library of Babel - Jorge Luis Borges
Foucault / Blanchot
Library builders - Michael Brawne
Here comes the sun /
Architecture and public space in 20th century European culture - Ken Worpole The Conscience of the Eye - Richard Sennett
The Architectural Uncanny - Anthony Vidler
Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson





















SUSANNE ZOTTL
ARCHITECTURE 
             
SCI-ARC LOS ANGELES
VISITING PROFESSOR SPRING TERM 2002
LOS ANGELES
THIRD YEAR 3B
DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS:
ANABOLIC, METABOLIC, CATABOLIC
2002

SUSANNE ZOTTL
ARCHITECTURE 
             
SCI-ARC LOS ANGELES
VISITING PROFESSOR SPRING TERM 2002
LOS ANGELES
THIRD YEAR 3B
DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS: ANABOLIC, METABOLIC, CATABOLIC
2002

SUSANNE ZOTTL
ARCHITECTURE 
             
SCI-ARC LOS ANGELES
VISITING PROFESSOR SPRING TERM 2002
LOS ANGELES
THIRD YEAR 3B
DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS:
ANABOLIC, METABOLIC, CATABOLIC
2002

SUSANNE ZOTTL
ARCHITECTURE 
             
SCI-ARC LOS ANGELES
VISITING PROFESSOR SPRING TERM 2002
LOS ANGELES
THIRD YEAR 3B
DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS: ANABOLIC, METABOLIC, CATABOLIC
2002