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"Scenarios of catastrophe" Lazari Mayra

“Scenarios of Catastrophe” study the notion of destruction, as a dynamic procedure which yields different possible outcomes and produces different forms. As such, destruction becomes a “manoeuvre of survival” for the system. “To be saved” means “to be transformed”, rather than “to stay intact”. A building is saved even if it now has a new role. Missing its old role does not turn it into a wreck.

Renι Thom’s mathematical Catastrophe Theory outlines models of destruction, transformation, new forms production and meaning.

We study: a) morphologies in anticipation of a stimulus in order to produce an internal dynamic of transformation (e.g. traditional dwelling of Lefkas island, b) morphologies that follow a stimulus and absorb energy to survive c) morphologies that resemble frozen steps of a procedure, sequential frames of a catastrophe (reference to Hadid and algorithm of Eisenman is made).

The seismic island of Lefkas becomes the focus of the study. Reference is made to four architectural elements (connection, urban planning, dwelling and electronic urban planning) and four descriptions of the features of the landscape identity (section-cape, plate, limits: wall, line, polder).

Our main intension is to expand the bounds of architectural thinking in order for stimuli and solutions to be produced where natural phenomena may restrict architectural planning. Reference to the traditional dwelling of Lefkas is proposed, for the design of a new building which would share the same potential of manoeuvre and new form production.