Re-imagining the high-rise building in Bogotá

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Imagination is made of displaced images that cannot become, but further displaced when aimed to be part of a consistent built reality. Re-imagining the high-rise typology has been an exercise of calibrating that distance between potential of displacement and space of praxis. As a consequence, while the epic of the high-rise relies in its own physical experience or materialization, its lyrical value alludes to its capability of changing how we see the urban territory.
As in former years, the work of Intermediate Unit 8 has been based in the production and manipulation of models at various scale to study different possibilities for the high-rise typology. An exercise physical enough to be tangible, but sufficiently abstract to become open design queries. Climbing towers in Bogotá, Madrid and London has been a fundamental tool to understand scale, spatial interrelations and consequences of this typology in public space and to adjust initial material experimentations. Knowing about the disciplines of structure and construction with the help of invited guests, such as Bob Lang from Arup, was also a serious vaccine for naïve derives, often recurrent when dealing with the high-rise.
But if displacement mobilizes imagination, it was probably our own confrontation with an alternative reality in Bogotá that triggered all: to experience the unsuspected everyday life in the set of high-rises Torres del Parque by Rogelio Salmona, to witness the strong presence of the overwhelming natural landscape of extremely close mountains and to be appalled by the endless extensions of the low-density informal city. As it is precisely when we ourselves become suddenly displaced that there is the possibility for something alternative to be though.

Students: Sofiia Astrina, Min Jung Cho, Catalin Crina, Clara Dahan, Marion Delaporte, Karim Fouad Hefny, Oussama Garti, Kwang Yi Goh, Alexandru Mitea, Arvind Roy, Rin Seo, May Slaoui, Nefeli Stamatari and Pranav Vakharia

Workshop tutors: Matej Hosek and Amar Mehta

Special thanks to Camilo Villate & Claudio Rosi at Los Andes University, Juan Luis Rodriguez at Universidad Nacional, Jheny Nieto from Bogota Planning Department, architect Giarcarlo Mazzanti and Bob Lang at Arup.