My Architecture Monologue

"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age." - Frank Lloyd Wright
thierrylye:

[RIBA President’s Medal]
The portfolio case is ready to be sent out from the MAC to London for the best project nomination. It is made of hard card in navy blue with white cardboard sides and wrapped with a red ribbon, abstractly representing France in colour.

thierrylye:

[RIBA President’s Medal]
The portfolio case is ready to be sent out from the MAC to London for the best project nomination. It is made of hard card in navy blue with white cardboard sides and wrapped with a red ribbon, abstractly representing France in colour.

Architecture for Politics, in conjunction with Scottish Referendum 2014.

Architecture for Politics, in conjunction with Scottish Referendum 2014.

Polemic Architecture: Proposal of New French Parliamentary Quarter

          The thesis explores interdependent relationship between architecture and politics. Architecture has been playing vital role in materializing political power through its physical appearance, decorated with excessive ornaments solely based on architects and political parties’ favouritism in symbols and representations. The thesis was first inspired by Palace of Versailles which is the symbol of French monarchy. What kind of architecture would best represent democracy? Browsing through the contemporary designs of political institute, one can notice that they demonstrate various architectural styles, such as Louis Kahn’s modernism and Enric Miralles’ deconstructivism, all constructed in different forms and materials that represent, in architects’ perspective, the country and its national characteristics.

          My thesis argument is a critic to the inflexible style-driven architectural design of contemporary parliaments. Architecture of politics should be neutral; it allows intervention of political agendas into the generic space where people live and play, thus represents the nation through public realm. Taking Disneyland as reference, political agencies are allowed to impose new representations to the large-scale political institutions, propagating its influences through spatial intervention. It will not be permanent; these representations change along with the transformation of ruling party and its political movements.

          The final chapter of the thesis envisions the benign and sinister scenarios of the new French parliamentary quarter based on the will of political powers. With the projected scenario of EELV’s win in French Election 2022, the parliamentary quarter takes on green political movement by transforming into a waste management centre in order to project sustainable future of France. On the other hand, the parliamentary quarter denatures into a dystopian world where fascism totalitarian took over the country. War and torture mask the institution with agony and sorrow of the people.

‘Vive La France!’ 

The 3D collage demonstrates articulated narratives about my thesis. The enraged immigrants in Paris suburbs took over Paris city centre after years of discrimination and urban apartheid, forcing the French political institution to move out from the city centre. Vals Europe is chosen to be the site for new French parliamentary quarter, which is where Disneyland Paris is located. The political quarter will juxtapose onto a series of urban walls that was proposed in 2009 under Le Grand Paris Project. The final chapter of the thesis envisions possible scenarios of the new French parliamentary quarter based on the will of political powers, either in the benign utopia of EELV or the sinister world of totalitarian regime.

‘Vive La France!’

The 3D collage demonstrates articulated narratives about my thesis. The enraged immigrants in Paris suburbs took over Paris city centre after years of discrimination and urban apartheid, forcing the French political institution to move out from the city centre. Vals Europe is chosen to be the site for new French parliamentary quarter, which is where Disneyland Paris is located. The political quarter will juxtapose onto a series of urban walls that was proposed in 2009 under Le Grand Paris Project. The final chapter of the thesis envisions possible scenarios of the new French parliamentary quarter based on the will of political powers, either in the benign utopia of EELV or the sinister world of totalitarian regime.

[20140722] Manipulating Architecture

[20140722] Manipulating Architecture

[20140721] Installation of waste gabion as office facade became a political action for EELV in promoting green politics, despite it being labelled as a superficial movement by the media.

[20140721] Installation of waste gabion as office facade became a political action for EELV in promoting green politics, despite it being labelled as a superficial movement by the media.

[20140721] Spaces of political level on axonometric

[20140721] Spaces of political level on axonometric

[20140720] model of parliamentary walls

[20140720] model of parliamentary walls

Polemic Architecture: Benign VS Sinister

{20140708] Urban Walls within the new Parisian city

{20140708] Urban Walls within the new Parisian city

Transparency

The open air debating chamber is the main political space in the proposal of new French parliamentary quarter. It allows public to acknowledge the law making procedure through visual and sound connection.

Conspiracy

The committee rooms are where politicians discuss and negotiate to work out more details about law proposals before it gets presented to all politicians and public in the debating chamber. The committee room is open to the public viewing, at the same time it is being watched and controlled by unknown authority behind the scenes.

Hierarchy

While all the political activities are happening below ground level, the towers at the edge of the urban walls house ministers’ offices, which overlooking the new French parliamentary quarter.

[Degree Show 2014] Polemic Architecture : Proposal of New French Parliamentary Quarter

[Degree Show 2014] Polemic Architecture : Proposal of New French Parliamentary Quarter

[20140405] Journey of Constitutional Conventions

[20140405] Living between the Parliamentary Walls

[20140405] Living between the Parliamentary Walls