Wall’s perception of the modern built environment is eerily similar to my analysis of Los Angeles. Wall argues that the contemporary metropolis isn’t an urban core with periphery zones but an interconnected network of different hubs of activity. He goes on to say that this network is what we should focus on as designers. He sees this network as a surface that facilitates access by working as a collector and distributor.
However, what most interests me about this article are the examples he provides.
A relentless grid lays across the landscape indiscriminately, acting as the purest example of a network surface.
A crane that moves along a 3 dimensional grid adds, removes, and rearranges pods for flexibility in space and program.
Consists of static horizontal strips, adaptive large structures, and movable small structures.
The tramway’s surface blends into the street surface and runs through isolated sectors, linking previously fragmented areas.
Designed to form “whirlpools” and “deltas” of impromptu programs along linear flows of circulation.
Deliberately empty to create opportunities for “indeterminate futures,” giving the user the power to make this place their own.
This space was only occupied between 4-10am with shipping traffic. To create more opportunities for 24 hour programming, the surface was folded to create more pockets of space.
The floor becomes the building technology, forcing users to rethink openness and enclosure.