In today’s urban centres, which can be seen here in London, there is a problem with the transport systems. The rising of population density within urban centres has caused mobility systems to become destructive agents of cities. Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. This has caused circulation to become overcrowded and pushed to its maximum. Due to the continued reuse of archaic Industrial-aged infrastructures it seems that the city is incapable of mastering this vital fluidity. Due to this, city inhabitants are now spending more time then ever on transport systems. Here in London, commuters spend most time on the move – enduring an average of an hour and 14 minutes travelling each day.
Cars are becoming like icebergs stuck in the sea, frozen by congestion
Trains and its passengers are becoming frozen bottles about to explode
Boat within our canals are becoming like arctic animals stuck on islands of ice
In the 1970s Paul Virilio had already envisioned this problem. Where he saw the mobile (or mobility within the city) or as he defined it as the ‘fluid’ has become the destructive agents of cities. He also states: ‘We have far too long now separated circulation from stance’. Or liquids from solids.
Following Virilio ideas , MY PROJECT AIMS TO REDRAW THE LINE BETWEEN LIQUID AND SOLID. BETWEEN CIRCULATION SPACE AND STATIC SPACE. TROUGH THIS, THE PROPOSAL RETHINKS OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS.
As part of my research I looked towards science where there is the liquid phase and the solid phase. In science the liquid phase where particles are out of alignment and do not keep their orientation and the solid stage is where particles keep their orientation and position. In architecture the liquid phase is any form of transport or circulatory system such as a train. The solid phase is what remains static, our buildings that house offices, homes and pubs, as well as the infrastructure for transport systems such as a station.
However, in science there is also the hexatic phase. This is an in-between phase in which particles of the solid become partially liquid. In this phase particles lose their position but keep their orientation. Therefore, MY PROJECT AIMS TO DEFINE THE HEXATIC STATE IN ARCHTIECTURE
Digram of Monorail