Model City
Secretly this area seems to be functioning as
a critical model, a monument. Not only as a
memory for an architectural practice but by
‘just being there’, la cite des ingenieurs
represents a way of thinking and acting, in the
flow of time, incorporating, in a sense, all
these different layers of the nature of its
idealism, history, life and critique.
Projecting the architecture of the ‘cite des
ingenieurs’ in a model, it will, ideally,
function as a platform, as a discursive piece,
as a tool which might generate reflection on
the different issues that can be found in these
layers.

Being disguised as an architectural form, it
raises questions about the nature of living,
about institutionalization, about ‘capitalistic
economic space’ and about the public and
private sphere. Now that is impossible to live
there or to make these houses productive in any
other way, this model takes a critical status,
by placing memory back in the archive of
knowledge again, using the space of this model
as a vehicle for recovering and tracing this
memory.
 
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Model City
A model is normally preceding the architectural
reality, to give a preview, and to create a
thinking model of how to organize public space,
as a model for imagination. This model however
is functioning the other way around, by
providing procedures of rethinking reality that
is almost disappearing, in order to allow us to
rethink the future.

Model City is accompanied by a ‘boite des
idees’, both on the website of the FRAC in
Dunkerque (where the piece was shown and
conceived for) and in the exhibition, for
contributions on questions the project is
focusing on: the dynamics of the changing use
of architecture, should it be re-used at all,
what happens to the underlaying ideas, how can
new ideas and initiatives relate to history and
heritage - and should they do so?

 
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