THE TIMELINE OF A PROGRAMATIC EXCHANGE
The project focuses on programmatic transformations - outlining mutual influences of its operations and notations at the scales of the city and the building. Moving in-between models from the discipline, I reshuffle the specific and generic, smooth and striated – interested in the ambiguity and multiple interpretations of transitional programme states. Using extended transformations, I test how fixed and liquid cores could contaminate and activate each other. Reacting to rigid zoning of St. Petersburg, I track the process of fluid programmatic exchange in space and time.
On the test-site of the former Lutheran Church - brutally cross-programmed from post-office and Workers Club to art-cluster and urban theatre - I redesign the architectural timeline and exaggerate both past typological hybrids and future content injections. With the range of symbolic (tower), generative (deck) and distributing (nest) elements that make up the diagrammatic infrastructure, new urban incubator can compress and expand, absorb and eject cultural events into the city. Alternating between melting and freezing operations, I launch further transformations. On the outside, unfolding “spirals” of splatters and leakages suggest effective ways to re-programme the frozen city; while on the inside, temporary intersections of program and form call for the contemporary and dynamic understanding of “type”.