In the 1960’s Radical Architecture groups like
Superstudio and Archigram claimed that modern
architecture ignored social impact and our primary
necessities . They rebelled, claiming that their
society was overpowered with capitalistic values.
Now today, corporate architecture is as monumental
and powerful as ever. Our obsession of consumption,
profit and greed has robbed and devalued our
humanitarian rights. It misplaces our primary
priorities... to live. I'm proposing a people’s park
in the financial district of Los Angeles; a Radical
Urban Intervention that questions our public realm.
It reshapes our humanistic and democratic ideals; to
awake and avenge our dusted nation.
We must question our values,
our priorities, our happiness.
We must question our public realm.
Is it really our space? Can we have a voice?
Can our voice and actions make a change?
As designers, we need to reconsider our
prupose for designing. Natalini wrote in
1971, "...if design is merely and inducement
to consume, then we must reject design; if
architecture is merely the codifying of
burgeois model of ownership and society,
then we must reject architecture; if
architecture and town planning is merely
the formalization of present unjust social
divisions, then we must reject town planning
and its cities, until all design activities are
aimed towards meeting primary needs. Until
then, design must disappear. We can live
Once a building is built, it automatically
sets it's funeral. Structures are being built
with the intent of power and ego. We need to
be responsible and desig with porosity; making
structures adaptable for future development
and culture shifts.
Always consider location: its culture,
its politics, its soul. We need to consider
the impact architecture will make in the city
and the impact it'll have for the existing
people around it.
MY MANIFESTO FOR
A RADICAL URBAN