Onur Can Tepe
The proposal for the “Prisoned” competiton has a different design process and final product among the others. The participants of the competitions were challenged to create an architectural expression of their personal philosophy on what imprisonment is or should be. Through their design process, they were asked to consider how prisons are used by societies, and what their affect is on those societies, as well as their caretakers and occupants. (Socio Design Foundation)
Thinking about the prisons, “The Birth of the Prisons” which was written by Michel Foucault who is best known for his critical studies of social institutions, most notably psychiatry, medicine, the human sciences, and the prison system, has been the pionner for the main approach. According to Foucault “Prison is a culture, a form of power. It is a managemental activitiy, and management forms itself phsically on order and discipline. Management reproduces and reinforces power, so that it can be seen on everyday theatres like schools, hospitals, military… Prison is a stricter military, an intolerant school. That’s why their plan schemes are so similar. They all are the symptoms of power. Prisons are sustaining a practise on inmates, which was started somewhere else. The society views this practise on every individual by countless discipline mechanisms.”
Projection of this social meaning and role of prisons on the pysical space is analytical organization of volumes, a centralized plan. Power puts the space to an order, isolates the sub-units from each other, defines borders and frames levels. This is the architecture of control, discipline and order.
I tried to use architecture as an objection, some kind of protest like a piece of art in a “Lebbeus Wood Style”. Even if architecture is not adequate to change the world, it can be a tool to understand the world and maybe to express yourself.
Since prison is a managemental activitiy in order to rule the inmates by “normals”, the managers has to be replaced by inmates themselves regardless any hierarchy. Controling the inmates render them passive and angry against the law-makers and society. This change on the organization provokes a change on the physical space just like the old system has been doing for years. The space is digitalized by deconstructing the existing space organization scheme.
This project can be seem like a parody or an expression in an unusual manner. Tectonic elements are used as tools but the question is “Does this proposal has architectural qualities?”
I know it is too assertive but I believe it is just about space and its anthropologic extent.
Onur Can Tepe
I shoot this short movie for an international competition organized by SMIBE. The theme was to produce an engaging and entertaining moving image story that illustrates the theme of “Story About a Place.”
The movie came up with the Himmelblau’s extraordinary text about the concept of city: “Architecture of Clouds” In the movie, the bazaar is a metaphor for the city and vice versa.
the city is an irrational organism…
the city is a matrix of diverging impossibilities.
chaos… and diversity.
the coincidende of anti-logic and anti-authority systems
creates the city and its complexity
city creates contradictions, and contradictions create the city.
and the city constantly regenerates itself everyday.
everyday is a new story for the city…
every single day, it comes to life,
Project Team: Onur Can Tepe, Huseyin Penbeoglu, Serdar Bedir
The theme of the national design competition, which is organized by an aluminium company Çuhadaroğlu, was to design a wharf to be used by museums along the Golden Horn, Istanbul with the well use of material aluminium. This project is eliminated on the final round.
Our response to the design problem is built on metaphysical query of architechnotic components.
The difference between two fundamental components of modernist architecture: “bearing” and “non-structual wall” is deepened through plucking and altering, as a result of it “wall” is put into a different context which can provoke a different space experiment.
The space lives upon the idea of activating the passive user. “Time” takes place in the setting of the space and transforms “the concept of wall”. Wharf embodies the whole query.
The space will breathe and change like an organism as long as it fulfills its function of housing the traffic between sea and museum. When people use the space, they will write or draw “things” on the aluminium triangle prisms, connect them by the juints with each other. The more people “express” themselves, the more walls move, in other words, museum diary which transformed to a physical space will be written and generate new vistas to its users and urbans.
The space becomes a construction site of zeitgeist.
Users can frame the view they like, make their own touch on the space, give the meaning, build their sign.
Aluminium modules are light, can easily be constructed, joint and extracted. Drawing and erasing is easy on them.