Inter 11 pursues a critical investigation of issues related to urbanism through the study of undefined and residual spaces surrounding transportation networks such as airports, harbours, train and highway interchanges. Originally planned for the periphery, these large inaccessible territories have gradually been surrounded by inhabited areas.
This year the unit has been more specifically focused on the inaccessible archipelago of traffic islands adjacent to highway interchanges. We reclaimed these latent territories as new territory for design with a particular outlook on subjects such as subcultures, urban erasure, social fragmentation, cinematic perception and climate.
We began the year with a series of intuitive design workshops exploring both generic and specific spatial attributes related to the interchange. As a group we concurrently produced a resource book compiling documentation from each student’s particular perspective and field of interest. The outcome formed the basis of a distinctive vocabulary and a conceptual framework that would later feed into individual proposals at the scale of the interchange.
As part of the unit’s interest in transfer of technologies, we organised a series of visits to fabricators from the aerospace, automotive and naval industries. The unit is interested in a synergy between the critical engagement and playfulness of the 60s and 70s architectural avant-gardes and today’s enthusiasm for computation and new manufacturing processes. We concluded our investigation with speculative proposals addressing a variety of historical, climatic, socio-political and cultural issues, sometimes polemically, sometimes simply driven by a desire for progress.