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Project Thesis

Human societies are spatial phenomena: they occupy regions of the earth's surface, and within and between these regions material resources move, people encounter each other and information is transmitted. It is through its realisation in space that we can recognize that a society exists in the first place. But a society does more than simply exist in space. It also takes on definite spatial form and it does so in two senses. First, it arranges people in space in that it locates them in relation to each other, with a greater or lesser degree of aggregation and separation engendering patterns of movement and encounter that may be dense or sparse within or between different groupings. Second, it arranges space itself by means of buildings, boundaries, paths, markers, zones, signs and so on, so that the physical milieu of that society also takes on a definite pattern.

The distance between entities in a physical space, either if it is the size of an atom or the size of a cosmic body, is the most important factor in terms of how accessible they are. In any urban development, the functions, public or not, need to be accsessible for anyone in as little time as possible, in order for it to be successful. Starting with basic agenda of a person's everyday life, the focus is on activities like living, working and relaxing, i.e residential areas, working units and public functions which include leisure and sports, entertainment, culture and retail. Setting up a computational tool that mixes all these programs together according to different logics, the aim is to come up with new computer generated formations that have the ability to react to eachother within the systems and subsystems they create, as well as to the surroundings outside the site boundary. Conditions like scale shifting, density variation, directionality, minimum and maximum distance play a major role in the development of the project.

After an attentive scrutiny of different cities, like Singapore, Barcelona, Capetown, Chicago, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Baghdad and Saint-Petersburg, in which were analyzed all their public spaces, with regards to position, size, density and distance from eacher, the decision was to apply the system in the russian city of Saint-Petersburg, due to the lack of existing public spaces. The dimesions of the site are ~ 3.5 x 4.5 km.

Project Team: Marius Cernica, Magda Smolinska

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