If we can understand the city itself as a geological layer, an accumulation of material, a ‘ground’ in and of itself, then we can consider the energies therein as its weather. Cars, heat, mechanical movement and vibration, and many otehrs besides create constant flows and patterns of unused energy.
The WPG Parasite stretches from the junction of rail and road, leaping over Pembina Hwy, inhabiting this focus of energy, this storm in the city. It attaches itself to the surrounding context, structurally, by supporting itself on the earth and bridges, spatially, by occupying otherwise imperceptible or forgotten space, and operationally, by using the existing energies of the site – air movement, heat, the mechanical vibration of rail and road – to manipulate the structural and spatial configuration of the parasite.
The parasite is in constant motion, without any fixed or static position. It has no form, as such, just the potential for any number of forms. The structure is never the same, but certain configurations may become familiar, and it may become a kind of ‘weather report.’
“The traditional role of architecture has been one of reassuring us that things are under our control, that is, stable and static. But it is another thing to think of all architecture ‘in tension’… An architecture in tension suggests a struggling architecture and a humanity with limited control of the forces of nature, and of itself…”
_Lebbeus Woods “the Storm”
Parasite Studio, Jae-Sung Chon (Instructor)