How can Architecture support Rumour Spreading?

I am interested in how architecture can support rumour spreading in Istanbul.

Rumours are a sharing of fictional information that expresses true intent and needs of a community. It often aims fills a knowledge gap through informal social communications.

Turkey has the most imprisoned journalists in the word and the governments' control on the media and amount of information reaching the people is increasing. Therefore a 'knowledge gap' is being created due to the true events not being distributed to the people.

Çamlıca park Masterplan is a design for a new park on the tallest hill in Istanbul which support rumour spreading in an attempt to prevent the arising knowledge gap.

The park consists of a series of buildings that exist as a network of social condensing spaces. It encourages social interactions and unprecedented sub-events to support the main event of Rumour spreading.

In order to translate rumour distribution channels into Architecture, there is an over laying of programs and framework for programmatic density and void which respond to particular types of information distribution, such as poster media or a performance.

Project Introduction: Event Anatomy

Investigating three events and asking how communities can inform the production of spaces within cities.

Three events which informed my project were, Hiroshima 1945 & Metabolist Movement, Berlin Wall 1961 and Royal Wedding 2011.

I was interested in the modular capsules and flexible framework that can change over time to social and programmatic needs.

My investigations into the Royal Wedding focused on the power of media and global broadcasts which share an event and surpass any boundaries.

In contrast to this, I was interested in Bernauer Apartments, which were located in the Berlin Wall and became the location of a number of events to breach the divide.

Research into these events highlighted some factors whilst visiting Istanbul. After discovering the ruling AK Party in Turkey controls and is continually tightening media censorship.

I wanted to create an architecture to support an event that addressed this problem that restricts information from the people.

This idea evolved into an Masterplan for Camlica park, the tallest hill in Istanbul and site of TRT telecoms towers, to support rumour spreading against the AKP in order to prevent a knowledge gap.

Score: A Day at Camlica Hill

A score showing a linear time line of events of the three communities that affect and are affected by the rumour supporting structures.

Master plan for Camlica Park

Master plan for Camlica Park. A Park which supports rumour spreading in Istanbul. The park consists of a series of buildings that exist as a network of social condensing spaces. It encourages social interactions and unprecedented sub-events to support the main event of Rumour spreading.

Spatial Impressions, Silk Screen Prints

Left: Spatial Impression of information distribution via paper media, such as magazines, newspapers, poster and leaflets.

Middle: Spatial Impression of information distribution via online, tv and radio broadcasts.

Right: Spatial Impression of information distribution using space as a channel, by planning an event and targeting an audience

Camlica Park Rumour Spreading Tower

This is a building which supports rumour spreading in Istanbul. It is a framework that hosts many events experienced in Istanbul. The infrastructure is organised in three layers, according to rumour distribution channels and their spatial qualities.

Structure & Materiality

These Space frame structures allows for flexibility, in terms of program. They density of activities and events is important for Rumour spreading to take place as it increases the social interactions and allows more chance for information to be passed.

The structure supports rumour spreading by supporting many sub-events. These cause a spatial and programmatic density where particular forms of rumour are more likely to spread. However, less dense programs are also needed for different types of rumour channels, such as intimate meetings or auditorium spaces where people view a rumour.

The Entrance Frame on the right consists of picnic spaces, markets, observation platforms, baths.

Tower Entrance

1/4 Interior Vignettes.

Word of Mouth Channel Vignette. The entrance and transitory spaces where rumours spread via word of mouth as all three communities mix and travel through the structure.

Camlica Tower

1.
Word of Mouth Channel Vignette. The entrance and transitory spaces where rumours spread via word of mouth as all three communities mix and travel through the structure.

2.
Live Rumour Vignette. At lunchtime, a prime minister look alike accidentally leaves confidential papers revealing plans for a second mosque to be built on the park.

3.
Paper Channel Vignette. Posters and visual media is set up in the most dense and public places in the building, where people will see this information.

4.
Broadcasting Space Vignette. Section through the broadcasting house. Views to the elevators, offices and stairs to the broadcasting house and radio studios.

AA Rumour Network Result

POSTER
Channels which are highly visual, such as graphic printed media is more easily disseminated when advertised in highly populated spaces and transitory locations in the school. Such as the Canteen, Library, Elevators, queuing space and stairs.

WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth spreads the information everywhere in the school, it is disseminated from the source to the target in intimate public spaces, such as studios, workshops and information desk.

LIVE RUMOURS
Live Rumours are the method of distribution in which can transform a space into the active channel. In comparison to posters or online surveys being the distribution in which can transfer a space into the active channel. In comparison to posters or online surveys being the distribution channel and medium in which the information is s to people, the live rumour involved semi live performances.

AA Rumour Spreading

The following experiments analyse the creation and dissemination process of information within the AA. Results from these investigations will clarify how are Architecture can support this event.

RUMOURS
AA Logo Competition (http://aalogo.tumblr.com)
AA All Nighters
Rem Reschedules Lecture and brings Kanye West as a guest
Full English Friday Breakfasts
School Plotter For Sale
Free Laser Cutting Materials
Free Drinks
No Smoking on the Terrace

MOST RESPONSES
AA logo and AA All Nighters had the most interest. It was difficult to find a way to track the rumour, but based on the 20 entries of new AA logo designs and hundreds of emails regarding the AA all-nighters, these were most successful in reaching and gaining reaction from the community.

EMOTIONAL REACTION IN THE SCHOOL
The rumours didn't affect anyone's routine but I did get a few strong responses from First Year and Student Forum.

CONTROL AND LEGACY
Once the information was distributed, the control of the rumour was difficult. I discovered that more rumour had to be released in order to control the rumour and many publications and new channels had to be created.

Extracts from: Article AA Confidential, AArchitecture 22

http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/PUBLIC/NEWSNOTICES/AARCHITECTURE/22.php