Continuous Interior – Sarajevo 2017

Published under Novosti dana studeni 27, 2016

Author: Retrieved from the blog of Idis Turato — Delta 5, Rijeka, Hrvatska —

Today, we live and work in the state of the Anthropocene. The term Anthropocene, which is the modern theory introduced by Paul Crutzen, suggests that the Earth in the present moment of development is moving from its old sphere, geological epoch, called the Holocene, into the new, for the most people, completely unexpected situation. Condition and space that is established solely by human activities and global developments that are largely responsible for leaving the Holocene. Mankind has become similar to a global geological forces that continually, without pause, control and shape the territory of the Earth, built solely and exclusively on his absolute right to progress.


In global world set like that, various shapes and styles of market economy moderate most of the thinking about space and society, and the development of new technologies and universal media coverage and digitalization of cyberspace drastically changes the habits of the analog civilization. In such environment, classically understood architecture and urban planning are hostages of spectacle, harnessed to programs, projects, events and policies meant for the consumption and consumerism, and we can not expect from them, as in the old days, critical assessment of reality and bring forth adequate social and urban change.


City, Territory, Architecture

In the state of the Anthropocene, the city as a centuries-old center of development and location of urban change ceases to be the sole place of development, analysis and research of urban planning and architecture. To begin with, it is necessary to overcome the traditional understanding of 'urban' as a limited type of settlement or the junction condition, giving priority to multisecular, territorially diverse, morphologically heterogeneous and strictly procedural conceptualizations of space around us.

Daily social relations of the global world, their different policies, ambiguous ecology, uncertain economy, labor market, tourism, commerce, entertainment, the built environment, transport infrastructure and social impacts have now expanded, and imposed coherence gave birth to what is often called " improper colloidal mixture of rural and subrural landscapes" to the national, international and continental, even global level. Within such relationships classic village and rural development disappears, cities lose their distinctive shape, but infrastructures of transport, energy, environment, digital and cyber culture network people and territory in continuous architecture, uninterrupted interior, a fully air-conditioned space.


In a context altered so strongly, cities and states, and their planners and architects balance headlessly and moralistically between changes caused by unpredictability of economy, the challenges of uncertain future and the past image beautified through embalmed heritage and paranoid protection. If we add to this sustainable development and ecology as the new myths of our time, we recognize that the quality development of cities completely lost the ability to own organic reinvention, ignored the transgression as their sustainable achievement, but also forgot about the ability of utopian reflection on the future as always open possibilities.


Power and Control

Unlike the bygone era of early modernity (which, let's face it, still stands in the minds of many architects), when the weather and the company contemplated and designed in the name and for the conquest of a new space, and more or less the principal instrument of power and domination were the political forces responsible for the control of people in the area of cities and countries focused on the distribution and control of conduct of material things and the body, we are witnessing a complete paradigm shift.

Power and control are relocated from the local area and physical to virtual and immaterial. On one hand, a strong media market-economy, stock market speculation, GPS surveillance, big-data and their enormous power and authority became airborne and elusive, but they almost exist outside of the real world in cyberspace, managed via anonymous screen, from the couch of one's living room. On the other hand, policy remained local, tied to the nation-state, utterly helpless, unbound and without prejudice to the power and authority of the global world. In this gap and the state of complete discontinuity between power and politics, there is a state od unpredictable reality, a state where nothing and no one is in control. Such state requires a new approach and different methods of planning and organization of architecture. Such situation is an opportunity for a new architecture, a new project. A project of Continuous interior.

Continuous Interior

Continuous Interior includes all known, built, planned, imagined, designed, visible and invisible space. Continuous interior is lived ( respected and reflected) through space and time of virtual and created space. Continuous interior station becomes and remains only as a result of their overlapping and mutual influence. Continuous Interior is real, pervasive and occurs and lasts in real time. Continuous interior is more than space and has no permanent purpose. Continuous Interior is a condition.

Continuous Interior cancels typology, reflects new and unexplored areas of architecture that are defined by the changing programs and events in the space. Continuous Interior occurs through a different understanding and a new understanding of the public, social and common space. Continuous Interior questions the morality and ethics, considers the new architecture of work, housing and leisure.

Architect of the Continuous Interior introduces a new way of designing, conditioned by continuous action. Continuous interior includes moderation of politics, economics and participation of different actors, which makes the context of designing completely uncertain, changeable as well as its final architectural product.

The new role of the architect and his project in the state of Continuous Interior is to synthesize multiple processes that come together and assemble into concrete spatial answers. Materialized construction in this context becomes one of the means by which one intervenes the processes. Everything takes the form of open colloidal mass, space-social lava without classical hierarchy and the final shape. We are located within a system controlled in real time exactly and only through the project. The project becomes a tool for the construction of a new meaning in a fluid environment. Continuous Interior establishes new relationships, fragments and re-connects different states, and programmes new relationships by establishing new, but continuously variable architecture of the Continuous Interior.