Allegorical Infrastructure ~~ Toward a SERVANT ARCHITECTURE
EVOLO SKYSCRAPER COMPETITION
The annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition is an open-ended exercise in pure fantasy. Constraints are minimal and entrants advised there are “no restrictions.” The stated purpose of the competition is “… an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community.” This 2011 submission was intended as somewhat of a parody on “form follows function” as well as a theoretical satire of modern housewifery/househusbandry. The entire premise was built around the notion of the futility of repetitive domestic labor and how an apartment skyscraper might capitalize on the inherent economies of stacked apartments, in conjunction with the creative use of water flow and pressure, to reduce human “work.”
The central thesis of this project is that vastly increased energy resources could potentially emancipate people (primarily women) from time-intensive drudgery. I chose laundry as the paradigm. The entire skyscraper is designed as a hydro-electric generator of energy. The energy thus produced powers a piped infrastructure system for handling the washing/drying of the entire building’s laundry. You might say it is crafted as an organic-style system mimicking a biological organism.