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A Kaleidoscopic Symphony
Dylan Baliski United Kingdom (2024-)

Jun 03, 2024
Every neighbourhood is a sum of its cultures. Some are mono-cultural, with one dominating heritage providing the character of a place. Others are multicultural, with different backgrounds of people throughout the area. Berlin’s neighbourhood Kreuzberg is a clear example of a multicultural neighbourhood containing cultures from across the globe. This multiculturalism is typically known as a “melting-pot” where a bunch of different cultures melt into one shared visual and communal identity. This doesn't quite apply to Kreuzberg though, as each culture is so heterarchically distinct within the architecture. Kreuzberg is instead a kaleidoscope. In Lawrence Fuchs book ”The American Kaleidoscope”, he uses a “kaleidoscope of cultures” as a metaphor for the voluntary multicultural pluralism within American history. This more accurately describes the distinct nature of these ethnicities within the architecture of Kreuzberg.

The building takes the German, and Turkish cultures (the two most prevalent in the area) and expresses them as two distinct strata: the convention, and the abstraction. The convention houses the solid elements stemming from the urban block: the recording studios, multi-function rooms, and back of house spaces. The abstraction houses the interstitial foyer space, sloping above the private plinth and into the kaleidoscope, the intersection of the two forms, housing the kaleidoscopic auditorium. The architecture reflects the two dominant cultures in Kreuzberg: German, and Turkish, with contrasting forms interweaving together like a symphony.

This theatre is for everyone, no matter the ethnicity, background, or taste in music. It will all be accommodated within the intersecting confines of the building, creating a kaleidoscopic symphony of culture and music.

Technical Section

01. Kaleidoscopic (Auditorium) Roof Buildup
a. Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete panels
b. Panel attachment frame
c. Waterproof membrane
d. Plywood
e. Thermal Insulation
f. Acoustic Insulation
g. Vapour Control Barrier
h. Mass timber truss system
i. Reverberation chamber ceiling

02. Abstraction (Interstitial) Glazing Buildup
a. Triple glazing
b. Intermittently accentuated mullions and transoms
c. Secondary structure steel connections
d. Glulam building support beams/columns

03. Kaleidoscopic (Auditorium) Wall Buildup
a. Perforated timber panels
b. Servicing void
c. Glulam building support beams/columns
d. Dynamic lighting
e. Plywood
f. Acoustic insulation
g. Timber frame auditorium support
h. Acoustic panelling
i. Interior plywood cladding

04. Abstraction (Indeterminate) Flooring buildup
a. Mesh Flooring: The mesh flooring doesn’t interfere with the concept as it doesn’t exist in the planar dimension.
b. Glulam timber frame
c. Steel connection plates

05. Convention (Plinth) Flooring Buildup
a. Screed
b. UFH pipes
c. Ashcrete structure

06. Convention (Plinth) Wall Buildup
a. Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete panels
b. Waterproof membrane
c. Rigid thermal insulation
d. Ashcrete structure

07. Foundation Buildup
a. Subsoil
b. Waterproof membrane
c. Foundation thermal insulation
d. Ashcrete foundation structure
e. UFH Insulation
f. UFH Pipes
g. Screed

08. Water runoff


The urban blocks’ morphing towards the public foyer allows a clear view and vision towards what is public. The perforated GFRC panels play a key role in uniting the architecture within the urban block, signifying a presence of publicity. The perforated GFRC panels are parametrically modelled with a custom grasshopper script calculating the alpha values of the graffiti on the site which translates into different sized perforations. These panels as well as the rest of the building facade will change over time based on the street art continuously being erected on the site. The site elevation will clearly express the distortion of the original urban block, connected by the abstraction. The diagonal journey upwards is reflected in the arrangement of the abstraction, promoting movement throughout the public circulation. The facades four distinct elements represent fragments of a bitter memory to many in the past; correlating to the location of the previous tenements, but a view to a new future of Kreuzberg in the present; correlating to the studios, auditorium, back of house, and residential spaces.
Designer: Dylan Baliski
Supervisor: Douglas McCorkell
David Chow Indonesia (2024-)

May 21, 2024
The site is located in Indonesia, Ketapang Regency, Labai Hilir, that dominated with plantation, forest, and mining. Climate destruction causing wildfire often occur caused by peat, global warming, and human intention for personal benefit such as plantation, mining, and site clearance. The large amount of ex-ilegal mining site in Ketapang, with no one taking the responsibility because complex bureaucracy, law, and regulation making ex-mining site can’t be recovered or taking reclamation back into forest. The existing condition is just a dryland with heavy metal pollution that make plant and vegetation really tough to grow with excruciating condition. The ex-ilegal mining site also near protected Mount Palung National Park conservation forest. A cluster of neo-vernacular tourism, forest conservation, plant soil conservation industry, can be a new magnet to socio economic and environmental conservation for the past and the future. It will affect other vilage economy circulation such as Kuala Labai, Sekucing Kualan, and optimizing the government plan to create a train rail and station in Borneo. The site seems quite a far from city, it acts as the new magnet or hub for city development (on par with airport and harbor) architectural implementation must be able to create a new hub for society. The neo-vernacular implementation is the acculturation of Dayak (Radakng and Baluk), and Melayu. The tourism theme is well-ness, cultural, and forest. The can be adventure tourism if the tourist taking harder route to reach the tourism destination. Every component of forest restoration, animal and plant conservation, fire forest mitigation, ex-mining site (inside and outside site), and tourism have integrated each other and support each other. The cluster can work seamlessly in parallel way and also can support as facility each other even though the location is quite far from city. It requires more than 20 years and some stages to create the cluster into final form.

Site size: 50 hectares

Labai Hilir
Simpang Hulu, Ketapang Regency, West Kalimantan
-0.538627, 110.016853
David Chow, Adrian Hudoyo Putra, Dearren Alvado Glendyap, Nicholas Septian Anelka hutapea, Alden Xavier Iddo Frandhansen

Mentor/ Supervisor: Ar. Nicolaus Nino Ardhiansyah, S.T., M.Sc.
instance: Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta
Dwelling Within the Limit Line
ASLI TEKİN Portugal (2024-2024)

Jul 18, 2024
Urban Silhouette of Lisbon;
Lisbon is an elegant city that beautifully blends historical richness with contemporary vitality, showcasing a harmonious architectural and urban framework. Its streets and panoramic views reveal a thoughtful orchestration of space, with intricate tile facades and strategically placed monuments that contribute to a cohesive urban fabric. The city balances tradition and innovation, preserving historic neighborhoods while embracing modern interventions for livability and sustainability.
Our approach involves studying Lisbon’s significant buildings to inform a strategy for continuity, identifying unique structures and their relationship to main streets and public spaces. The analysis highlights how buildings interact with the topography, particularly along the coastline, where their orientation enhances views of the river. Four main layers of peculiar buildings were identified, showcasing Lisbon's mix of historic and modern architecture, all while respecting the natural landscape.
The objective is to encourage viewers to recognize these buildings by their outlines, locate them on a map, and appreciate them through postcards, ultimately fostering a deeper connection with the city’s architectural identity.
Connecting the Layers of Lisbon’s Urban and Coastal Synergy ;
This study employs a methodical approach to understanding Lisbon’s urban layout, emphasizing the revitalization of space through new urban typologies. By analyzing the interplay between the city's scale and its buildings, we established a robust theoretical framework. Our investigation focused on the concept of "gates," revealing Lisbon's multi-layered structure that extends from the coastline to its hills.
Key elements of our analysis included:
Topography: Mapping elevation changes and natural contours that influence urban development.
Waterlines: Highlighting the role of rivers and coastal edges in spatial organization.
Infrastructure: Examining roads, bridges, and public transport networks that support urban mobility.
Open Spaces: Assessing squares and green areas that foster social interaction and community well-being.
These analyses provided insights into Lisbon’s urban identity and informed strategies for enhancing livability and sustainability.
The models illustrate the distribution of "gates" along the coastline, serving as vital access points that connect coastal areas with the city’s core. This intentional organization highlights the need for thoughtful design in urban revitalization projects.
Our detailed drawings depict the topography, waterlines, infrastructure, and open spaces around the project site, revealing contextual factors that shape our design decisions. Upon identifying a lack of gateways in the project area, we examined the historical context of an existing industrial building, recognizing its significance while planning for its revitalization.
The proposal aims to create a new gateway that enhances connectivity, dividing the area into residential and public functions, and including a bridge to link both sides of the main road. This design seeks to improve urban cohesion and foster community engagement in the revitalized site.
Evolving Lisbon’s Connectivity Through Residential Design;
Before starting site analyses, it was crucial to understand the site’s characteristics and potential challenges. This preparatory phase allowed us to identify key issues and opportunities, shaping our design strategy to leverage the site’s unique qualities.
Design Insights: Establishing a Sustainable Community;
Our initiative aims to create a residential community that addresses abandonment and promotes sustainable lifestyles. By transforming traditional development models, we seek to foster self-sustaining communities that integrate with their ecological environment.
Key considerations in our design include:
Preservation of Historical Elements: We honor existing building ruins by retaining their external walls, and connecting new residential spaces with historical significance to prevent future abandonment.
Community Connectivity: The residential area features two main entrances and a vertical circulation structure (staircases and elevators) to promote accessibility while balancing privacy and social interaction.
Sustainable Living: Steel circulation elements enhance connectivity and contribute to a cohesive living environment, encouraging resident engagement with their surroundings.
Climate-Responsive Design: Ground-floor patios and thoughtful unit layouts optimize sunlight exposure and foster community relationships, with a variety of unit typologies reflecting adaptations to historical facades.
Flexibility and Inclusivity: Units are designed to accommodate diverse living arrangements, welcoming individuals, couples, and families, promoting community diversity.
Urban Bridge: This pivotal structure connects the residential area to city amenities and the coastline, enhancing accessibility and fostering interaction with the urban and natural environment.
Overall, the design emphasizes sustainability, resilience, and a harmonious blend of old and new, creating a vibrant and engaging community.
Holistic Vision for Sustainable Living;
The residential area features an urban open space that integrates with the natural landscape, providing versatile venues for city events. A public pool enhances the community's connection to water, while an underground parking facility ensures efficient vehicle circulation, keeping residential areas separate from urban infrastructure.
Overall, the design combines historical preservation with innovative elements to create a vibrant, resilient community. By thoughtfully integrating existing structures, offering flexible living spaces, and providing communal amenities, the project promotes sustainability, inclusivity, and active community engagement.

Total Project Area: 5402 m2
Residential Part: 3611m2 / Social Part: 1791m2
36 Residential Units with 6 Different Typology Solution
Student Group: Aslı TEKİN / Hiba QUANDIL / Noussaiba RIZKI / Sude DÜNDAR
Instructors: Prof. Paulo DAVID / Visiting Prof. Catarina RAPOSO / Assist. Francesco CANCELIERE
Food Shapes the City
Chih-Chieh Yu United Kingdom (2022-2022)

Apr 30, 2024
Design Brief: An urban market is designed next to the Castlefield Viaduct to celebrate local food, the Roman fort, and to attract visitors from the station to the heritage park. This area provides a complete cooking food cycle, including a preparation area with cold storage, a cooking school, a packaging and washing area with a recycling wall, and a food hall. Each function is separated within its own boundaries but under the same roof.

Design Concept & Manifesto:
for the past...1. Create a playful and relaxing space for people to celebrate the history of the Roman Fort and other heritage symbols. 2. Connect the relationship between the visitors with the past.
for environment...1. Leave the site a better, sustainable condition 2. Re-use the site with green programme- urban farming.

Design Strategies:
I. Connection with historical symbols around the site: the site sits between two heritage areas, which is a spot to gather visitors to celebrate the history.
II. Community Connection: The market also acts as a connection to draw people from the viaduct with the city center through the steel- frame staircase.
III. Program: Four different function of cooking cycle and urban farming are separated to display for the consumers, even open for visitors to experience.
IV. Urban Living Room: A communal seating area is designed in the middle of the market to gather the crowd entering from the four entrances.

- Visitors from Castlefield Viaduct and Deansgate Railway Station
- People from Manchester city center
- Local residents from the housing around the site
- Students taking kitchen studio lessons

Location: a green plot bounded by Duke St., Beaufort St. and the Castlefield railway viaduct, Manchester
Category: Urban Market Architecture, Cultural Architecture
Designer: Yu, Chih-Chieh
Instructor: Ashley Hunt, Colin Harwood
Manchester School of Architecture Bachelor of Architecture
Year 2 Studio 2.1 Individual Work
Frequency Forum: Recording Studios & Conference Hall
Özgür Fırat Koç Turkey (2024-)

May 06, 2024
Frequency Forum is a building consisting of social areas with terraces on the sloping land overlooking the sea, located at the Izmir Institute of Technology

In Frequency Forum, residential recording studios offer musicians a place to retreat from their daily lives and focus on composing music. The location of Izmir Institute of Technology is ideal for such a studio. Musicians can work in an isolated setting but can also reach both the city and vacation spots such as Alaçatı and Çeşme easily when they wish. Students and campus life will also benefit from interaction with professional musicians. The center will house spaces for recording music – separately for students and professionals. It will include a large auditorium mainly for musical performances and provide professional accommodation.

The project's ground floor works in common with terraces and is located close to the university gate and is open to social use. The cafeteria, open and closed amplifier and office units are here. On the first floor, we are greeted by a second entrance due to the slope and a common area overlooking the sea. The exhibition hall, recording studios and the first entrance of the conference hall are located on this floor. There are places where guests can wander around the exhibition area and on the terraces outside before using the conference hall. The sea view and the social regions are observed using the main core, and there is a foyer and conference hall on the second floor. At the same time, the backstage of the conference hall is connected to the accommodation areas for the upcoming artists. The accommodation units and recording studios reserved for the artists are separated by landscaping, and attention has been paid to the circulation of private areas. The accommodation has its terraces, and parking areas, and is not accessible to guests arriving in the building.

The structure, located on the sloping land at the Izmir Institute of Technology, was provided with a reinforced concrete system. Insulation materials are available for conference rooms and recording studios.
Location: Urla, İzmir, Turkey
Project Area: 5405m2
Status: Designed for AR301 Project

Özgür Fırat Koç

Onurcan Çakır, Dr.
Mustafa Emre İLAL, Dr.