The Architecture of Performance / The Performance of Architecture

4th-Year Architectural Design Studio at the International
Program in Design and Architecture (INDA), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Studio Professor - Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong

Friday, March 21, 2014

'Talk to me, OCT...." Project Manifesto by Samascha Samcharoen

OCT Loft is one of the instances depicting an urban setting that uses revitalization as a tool to develop a space; dissimilar to most other parts of Shenzhen, including the adjacent neighborhood where tabula rasa has occurred and developments are based solely on new construction.  OCT Loft has reached the point of development that, nowadays can be juxtaposed to its neighboring context in the OCT district.

The physical boundaries of the two districts are bounded by a two-lane street that does not initially seem significant.  The invisible boundary between the two districts is what I am interested in exploring and where I am trying to intervene.  Although the two districts are situated close to each other, there seems to be an invisible wall that separates the dialogue, making the two sides a disconnected context. 

The intervention will become a performance architecture that connects and creates dialogue between the two highly contrasted districts amidst its adjacency.  The architecture will create interaction (visually, physically) between the two greatly juxtaposed communities by means of situating a transformative performances space in between the invisible boundary.