Rio de Inverso by Buro A.D. and SPECTACLE
Buro A.D. and SPECTACLE share with us their proposal for the international CityVision competition entitled Rio de Inverso. For more images and architectural description continue after the jump:
From the Architects:
In June Buro AD and SPECTACLE submitted
"Disgust is the analytical and critical act of intolerance towards something that has always been given to us and that does not let us express ourself through our personal modus operandi, it is in turn a sharp instrument, critical and perceptive, to observe with a new filter that that has always been ‘normal’. […] Through the identification of the founding components of the cities and the subversion of models that are far too consolidated like politics, religion, economy etc the evolutionary consciousness of the human being will generate new unexpectedly wonderful dynamics." Quote from cityvisionweb.com.
Whereas planning typically introduces organization and infrastructure before the addition of buildings,
This curious pattern of spontaneous growth and post ex facto planning can be traced through the entire history of
However, as it turns out, ‘retroactive planning’ is a contradiction. Haussmann-esque interventions only accelerated the spontaneous growth by displacing existing residents. And the pragmatic urbanisms espoused by Andre Agache, le Corbusier, and traffic engineers in the 1960s formalized segregation and marginalized public space.
At the moment of the two mega events of 2014 and 2016,
The Grid provided services and transportation from above, helping to make a success of the mega events by maximizing safety and connections between venues. In 2016 Rio defeated cities in
But all was not well in
The former inhabitants of the favelas were forced to move. But there was only one direction left to go. ‘Escavadores’, as they came to be called, created extended warrens for dwelling beneath the surface of the city.
One day a portion of The Grid collapsed. Engineers quickly issued the stunning verdict: although the redundancy of the system was designed to minimize any failure, its complete undermining by Escavadores doomed The Grid to fall like dominoes. The city was quickly evacuated, and slowly became a twisted, hulking ruin. Trees grew through and over the wreckage, and the city of