SCALE TO FIT
We cannot design cities but we can devise structures which are stimulating.
By using the term structures, Kees Christiaanse is underpinning not only the urban active architecture, but far more important, the new economic structures without which we cannot hope to resolve the problem of increasing sprawl and weak planning.
With precision, project Scale to Fit pinpoints the gaps in pedestrian routes, that might span the city block but are unable to do so, and positions itself above the barrier which allows pedestrian traffic to continue. If we perceive public as the negative of the private entity, we soon come to the question of vertical projections. Must we own the vertical projection of our private and if that is so, how high do we intent to make the limit? The in-between is starting to form traffic routes and programs which are in symbiosis with the existing urban tissue. Janus face memo, coined by A. & P. Smithson explain the creation of the chimera building which is unpredictable and atypical in its form. With increase in density, Scale to Fit introduces programs which are placed along the walkways or in overhang appendixes. The programs may vary according to the investor who, after building public use route might want to create profitable programs or let out space to various parties.
Scale to Fit materializes by means of the vertical structural concrete cores and steel prefabricated voids which are hung from them. The cores provide vertical access and are used as electric power stations for the block, while the voids contain horizontal communication and adjacent programs.
In morphological terms the project can grow or decompose as the context experiences change, but it can also anticipate and avert it.