(No) Stop Marconi, Alternative Future of Europoint Towers
|Marconiplein, Rotterdam, The Netherlands|
|5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam|
|Completed, February 2012|
|Commercial, Retail, Museum/Gallery, Cultural, Institutional, Public Space|
|Nahyun Hwang, David Eugin Moon, Aaron Weller, Catherine Lynn Baldwin, Virginia Black, Soohee Choi, Andrea Einheuser, Sehee Kim, Sunhyun Stephen Kim, Soon Jae Kwon, Liezel Pimentel, Sheri Zon|
|2014 AIANY Design Honor Award, Project Category|
A monument to the persistent desire to speculate and extend, the dense vacuum of readily available, tightly packed, and ubiquitously distributed empty urban towers like Europoint may be an inadvertent yet effective new grounds for the city. Stacked behind the obscurance of glass facades, each “slate” is a Tabula Rasa of the present, which questions its own origin while contemplating a new productivity and possibility of the new city.
Engaging the history of enduring speculation and famously uncertain futures of the Europoint Towers site, the (No) Stop Marconi projects instigate the acknowledgement and discussion on the significance of the underutilized spaces in the city and their repeated and unchallenged reproduction. Elucidating the endless programmatic potential of a vertical empty density, the multiple proposals demonstrate scenarios for the novel typology of the new slates. Rather than solutions, the vignettes lay out a multitude of possibilities or references that support the premise of the emerging typology of the city. The circumstances explored in (No) Stop Marconi, although rooted in local politics and specificity of the post-bubble economy, examines a general condition of contemporary architecture and urbanism, where large shifts and dramatically changing conditions often create a mismatch between the speculative world and the actual.