New Liberty Township, NY 12754 | Jongwon Na
AA - Architectural Association 2014: Intermediate 1
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“Guy de Maupassant disliked the image of Eiffel tower so much, so he always had lunch inside of it. Likewise, being inside the image means you are unable to see the image anymore, simply because you are ‘inside’ the image. Therefore, the project proposes to relocate entire town of Liberty into the abandoned buildings of Grossinger’s, so that inhabitants are not haunted by the derelict images of the resort anymore, voluntarily being sealed within their new town.
“There is a sort of miracle in the insipidity of artificial paradises, so long as they achieve the greatness of an entire (un)culture.” –America(1989), p8. Jean Baudrillard.
The project basically involves designing an entire town, rather than a single architecture, so that it accommodates all of the functions of the existing town. It also attempts to design the new town as a kind of paradise, an ‘artificial & bland paradise’ as Jean Baudrillard noted, but a paradise nonetheless. As a form of polemical scenario that metaphorically comments on America’s instinctive society and its desires, the project describes an ‘achieved version of utopia’.”