Rocktaves

Rocktaves is a flexible performance arena designed for the city of San Francisco. It has been inspired by the article City and the Signs 2 from the novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.

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Summers 2012
Environmental Design ED 11B
Introduction to Design
University of California at Berkeley
CED-College Of Environmental Design.

AutoCAD,Rhino3D, Illustrator & Photoshop

City and the Signs 2 (Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino)

Travelers return from the city of Zirma with distinct memories: a blind black man shouting in the crowd, a lunatic teetering on a skyscraper's cornice, a girl walking with a puma on a leash. Actually many of the blind men who tap their canes on Zirma's cobblestones are black; in every skyscraper there is someone going mad; all lunatics spend hours on cornices; there is no puma that some girl does not raise, as a whim. The city is redundant: it repeats itself so that something will stick in the mind.
I too am returning from Zirma: my memory includes dirigibles flying in all directions, at window level; streets of shops where tattoos are drawn on sailor's skin; underground trains crammed with obese women suffering from the humidity. My traveling companions, on the other hand, swear they saw only one dirigible hovering among the city's spires, only one tattoo artist arranging needles and inks and pierced patterns on his bench, only one fat woman fanning herself on a train's platform. Memory is redundant: it repeats signs so that the city can begin to exist.

Travelers return from the city of Zirma with distinct memories: a blind black man shouting in the crowd, a lunatic teetering on a skyscraper's cornice, a girl walking with a puma on a leash. Actually many of the blind men who tap their canes on Zirma's cobblestones are black; in every skyscraper there is someone going mad; all lunatics spend hours on cornices; there is no puma that some girl does not raise, as a whim. The city is redundant: it repeats itself so that something will stick in the mind.
I too am returning from Zirma: my memory includes dirigibles flying in all directions, at window level; streets of shops where tattoos are drawn on sailor's skin; underground trains crammed with obese women suffering from the humidity. My traveling companions, on the other hand, swear they saw only one dirigible hovering among the city's spires, only one tattoo artist arranging needles and inks and pierced patterns on his bench, only one fat woman fanning herself on a train's platform. Memory is redundant: it repeats signs so that the city can begin to exist.

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Presentation Board #1

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Presentation Board #2

What is ROCKTAVES?

TRADITIONAL PERFORMANCE ARENAS ARE HIGHLY INEFFICIENT. THEY TAKE UP A LOT OF PRECIOUS SPACE AND ARE CAN ONLY BE USED FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES, DUE TO THEIR RIGID SEATING ARRANGEMENTS.

IN A CITY LIKE SAN FRANCISCO, ART PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE AND HAS OFTEN BROUGHT PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD TO CELEBRATE CREATIVITY,EVENTS LIKE THE BURNING MAN ARE GOOD EXAMPLE. IN A CRAMPED AND BUSTLING CITY, ROCKTAVES OFFERS THE GENERAL PUBLIC AN OPPORTUNITY TO DWELL ,RELAX AND CONTEMPLATE.

AT THE SAME TIME, IT CAN BE CONVERTED INTO A MASSIVE ARENA, CAPABLE OF ACCOMMODATING OVER 600 PEOPLE. THE MAIN STANDS ARE BUILT WITH TRADITIONAL CONCRETE AND BRICKS. HOWEVER, THE EXTERIORS AS WELL AS THE SITTING AREA(STEPS) HAVE A ROCKY TEXTURE IN SHADES OF BLACK AND GREY. THE ENTIRE SPACE IS LUSH WITH SCULPTURED GARDENS AND TREES, GIVING THE ARENA A NATURAL LOOK. CREEPERS HANG FROM THE TOP OF THE SCULPTURES, PROVIDING THE PLACE A VERY AUTHENTIC FEEL. ALSO, THERE ARE OFFICES BUILT AT THE TOP OF ONE OF THE STANDS, PROVIDING THE EMPLOYEES A VERY UNUSUAL AND INTERESTING VIEW. IN THE BACK LAWNS IS AN IDENTICAL STRUCTURE, WHICH HOUSES A CAFE,AN ART GALLERY,AND MORE OFFICES.THE CAFE IS COMPLETELY OPEN, AND THE SITTING AREA SPILLS OUT INTO THE OPEN. A LIFT PLACED AT THE BACK OF THE STRUCTURE LIES A LIFT WHICH TAKES YOU TO THE UPPER FLOORS.

THE CITY OF ZURMA DESCRIBES A CHAOTIC PLACE, WHICH IS IS FULL; OF SKYSCRAPERS.HOWEVER IS FULL OF CRAZY PEOPLE SHOUTING IN  IN THE MARKET AND LUNTICS ON TOP OF THE SKYSCRAPERS,THREATENING TO JUMP OFF. ANOTHER INTERESTING ASPECT OF THE CITY IS ITS ELEMET OF MULTIPLICITY--TRAVELERS RETURNING FROM ZURMA NARRATE THE SAME OCCURRENCES,BUT THE QUANTITY DIFFERS.SOME OF THEM HAVE SEEN 5 TATTOO ARTISTS, THE OTHER SWEARS HE SAW JUST ONE. INTERESTING.


Abstract Model (Project #1)

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FORM FOLLOWS PANIC.THE FINAL CALVINO MODEL REPRESENTS THE CITY OF ZIRMA, WHICH HAS THIS ELEMNT OF UTTER CHAOS AND COMPLETE DISORDER.ALSO THE MODEL REPRESENTS SPONTANEITY AND CRUDENESS, AS DOES ITS INHABITANTS. THE TRIANGULAR AND AWKWARD SKYSCRAPERS HAVE BEEN BUILT ON TWO PLAINS HINTING AT THE IDEA OF MULTIPLICITY

 

Analytical Site Model #1 (Project #2)

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THE INITIAL SITE MODEL IS AN ABSTRACTION OF THE PHYSICAL SITE, REPRESENTING THE MAJOR LANDMARKS AND TOWERS AROUND THE SITE.THE SLOPES ARE USED TO SHOW THE HILLY TERRAIN OF SAN FRANCISCO CITY.ALSO THE SITE IS RECONFIGURABLE.


 

Analytical Site Model #2 (Project #2)

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THE FINAL SITE MODEL IS CREATED TO SHOW THE PEDESTRIAN AND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC AROUND THE SITE.THE MORE THE HEIGHT AND DENSITY OF THE WOODEN DOWELS, THE MORE THE TRAFFIC.
NOW WHAT IS INTERESTING-THE ENTIRE MODEL WAS BUILT WITHOUT USING ANY GLUE.THIS ALLOWS RECONFIGURABILITY AS DISPLAYED IN THE PREVIOUS MODEL.THE SITE HAS A SENSE OF DIRECTIONALITY TO IT, ACHIEVED BY USING STRINGS TO REPRESENT THE SITE.