KAROLA DIERICHS Architectural Research and Design

KAROLA DIERICHS
Slow
Slow

Slow

The project was originally designed for the ‘Ephemeral Structures for the City of Athens’Competition 2002 and later developed parametrically during the Smart Geometry Conference 2008 within the workshop ‘Form for Manufacture’ conducted by Axel Kilian.

Slow is ‘in the way’. It logs itself into places of high pedestrian circulation. In doing that, it slows people down and deviates them. This deceleration and deviation of circulation is enabling a different kind of communication and in its extent different programmatic and tectonic manifestations.

With this, Slow is relating to the idea of the stoa. The stoa is the classical building type of a longitudinal hall for ambulating. It was used as a center for communication, study and lecture, as its geometry and the circulation it induced were thought of as ideal for these activities. The prototype plays on the same logic of tectonics that enables a specific pedestrian flow, which in turn generates a typical use of the structure.

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