some emergent markets

Infrastructural Ground by Daphne Lasky
July 12, 2010, 9:43 pm
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Spend enough time wandering Parisian markets, and you’re bound to notice the pop-up electrical outlets that dot the market plazas. Standard, well-functioning outlets, like the yellow one below, are all well and good, but I love it when I see an outlet cover that’s been pried up, sitting haphazardly at some odd angle.

We’re toying with some initial grasshopper investigations, and one thing I’ve been thinking about is how the ground plane might reveal the infrastructure buried underneath. If electricity is accessed through a field of point sources, might increased loads at certain points cause the ground to thicken?

The above drawing shows individual points shifting independently of one another. What if, however, heavily-used points began to subsume more minor access locations, meta-ball-style? One result (shown below in section) might be a faceted surface with a complex substructure:

Finally, are these operations additive only, or might they also become subtractive? For every action…


obsolete/opportunity by Daphne Lasky
July 7, 2010, 10:23 pm
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Sad, but true: pay phones have gone the way of the dodo. Phone booths, however, remain, but what to do with them? This example is just taking up space at Place Monge–even the vendors have turned their backs to it.

Suggestions? The phone booths are linked up to power and data sources–how could this add to the life of the market?

power! elevated vs recessed by jhuang
July 7, 2010, 9:27 pm
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Why the differentiation?  Is it a feasibility issue?  A functional issue?  An aesthetic decision?

Elevated power sources at Maubert and Raspail Markets


Recessed power sources at Bourse and Monge Markets