Roger Badia Rafart
In 1998 Marcel Meili wrote “Periphery. A letter from Zürich”. It was a calling for architects and designers to give meaning to the cuts and fragments that the infrastructure and the long walls of industrial areas had left in the city. Recalling the thoughts of Robert Walser, in this context of fast lanes but separated fragments, the intersection between an infrastructural scaled cut and the possibility of a human scaled linearity, would evidence the need for intervention.
Being conscious about the fact that infrastructures are always tied to the condition of marginality, the only way to avoid psychological barriers is to occupy the interstices: to domesticate the superstructure and give it a specific use. In a terrain vague between viaducts, the building is planned as a place to bring visibility to large scale projects proposed by universities, research groups or individuals. The upper level of the factory, intended for the general public, would allow the observation and further debate of the works being displayed.
Thus, an economy is generated based not on the product but on the process and the fact that its transformation into knowledge, via the museum, becomes the engine to keep production going. An immaterial economy based on the production of knowledge; a “Yes to All” stage where the unexpected can take place.
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
University: Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona
Semester: Master Project
Teaching: Enric Mir - Ana Zubelzu - Joan Arias