robotics | design | human-robot interaction

Urbanity Incubator

Urbanity Incubator

“All I need is a brief glimpse, an opening in the midst of an incongruous landscape, a glint of light in the fog, the dialogue of two passers-by meeting in a crowd, and I think that, setting out from there, I will put together, piece by piece, the perfect city, made of fragments mixed with the rest, of instants separated by intervals … discontinuous in time and space, now scattered, now more condensed.”
- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities


Urbanity Incubator investigates the potential of Architecture to transform declining economic conditions of monoculture-producing communities in the countryside. Building upon Henri Lefebvre’s theory that society has been completely urbanized, the region in Bulgaria is a case study of sixty villages and two towns treated as a city of fragmented neighborhoods. Architectural interventions programmed for social technologies: research, knowledge sharing, and business development in combination with small-scale production, strategically puncture clusters of neighborhoods. The interventions are tied together as part of an urban system in order to act as a catalyst for economic transformation. The architecture becomes a device for dialogue, information exchange, innovation, growth and development, essentially, a device for change.

 

Bulgaria

Blagoevgrad Province

Selected Region

 

Urban Design  |  Nevrokop

Municipalities within Selected Region: Nevrokop

 

villages and roads

clusters based on village proximity

clusters

interventions

physical connections

virtual connections

resultant development

one urban system

 

urban design animation

nevrokop urban design  |  incubator programs

incubators concept narratives

urban design model


Architectural Design  |  Agriculture Incubator

linearity conceptual models

 

agriculture incubator on top of hill overlooking village tuhovishta

canopy design inspired by tobacco producing culture of the region

public congregation spaces programmed as cafe and open air market

agricultural production incubator  |  site plan

agricultural production incubator  |  site model

ground plan

section through bus station

section through market and production center

section through research center