Research
Uchronia fanzine #1
2018
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Uchronia is a performative practice achieved through spatial gymnastics.

In Uchronia, architecture is a performance that unfolds over time.
We focus on the experimental, ephemeral and temporary.

Uchronia advocates for new roles and reinvent the media through which we communicate as architect.

The following formats allow us to explore how the architect should operate and explore in this contemporary time crisis :

Space performing itself
Inhabitants performing space
Architects performing space

Architecture can no longer be constrainted by the current static forms of representation, but instead, should be light, flexible and enable the potential for change.

Together we will construct architecture as Uchronia

Uchronia fanzine #2
2017

Uchronia, Fanzine, 2017

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The project is dealing with a crisis that European cities are deeply rooted in a past that freezes it in place. To fight the crisis demolition becomes a necessity. It's an active platform where fake histories and realities invite alternative futures and actions. It comprises of the ammunition and the strategy to carry out the attack of modernity upon the scenographic and mummified artifice that is historical center of Paris resorting to excavation of façade and ground surfaces, inversions of interior and exterior of the block, and mobilisation of modern "out-casts" from the city periphery as well as a vast archive of unbuilt visions.

The project looks at cultural appropriation using various apparatus in multiple scales as a tool to insert a new urban image.

Wild Life Safari
2016
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A Google image search for Alexandra, now calls up as the most dangerous place in the world and also images of war, burning waste and weapons. Alexandra is becoming this caricature of a slum.

The Wild Life Safari is a guided tour that has the desire to deconstruct South African historical Legacy by bringing communities together to gather and enjoy the city.
The project is looking at the tourism as a mass construction to generate money.

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Insularity
2015
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The project is based in Berlin, Germany. Tempelhof is one of the biggest building in the world and it’s now rehabilitated into a garden . The ground has a huge heritage. The evolution of the place is the key of our study.The idea of a palimpsest is evocated to bring to the foreground the vestige. Three projetcs have emerged .

Team : Cyrus Marion-Ardalan & Benjamin Alezraa

Interview on KooZA/rch

Future from Nature
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“Natural systems offer architects significant potential”.
The cactus has many resources; it is capable to modify its shape accord- ing to the external environment. The aim of our study was to understand the proliferation of this plant .At the beginning, we studied the cells and the peaks to develop a panel of forms, which helped us for the question of both the climate and the environment. Based on our previous researches, the architectural project was the combination of the adaptability and persistence of the cactus. The project takes place in the Wave, Arizona (USA). The site is well known for its curved topography. To get to the Wave, you need to take a 3 mile hike in the open desert through rock and sand and undulating hills. The payoff is a colorful sandstone formation that offers seemingly end- less photographic opportunities.
The main idea is to create a place where the skaters can practise and enjoy the view. The general shape answers the users’ needs. The skate park is surrounded by mechanisms that can be opened and closed according to the skaters’ movements: it creates shadow and it cools down the air. Moreover the project is based on the mechanisms, which allow the structure to be removed easily without any fixation on the ground. The site is protected, it’s essential to have the slightest impact possible that’s why the structure is made with removable pieces that can be put in different hot spots.

Team : Benjamin Alezraa