Hairy Value: Multiplying the Parthenon✕ close
Collecting Architecture Territories exhibition, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece, 2012.
Throughout its history, the Parthenon has been constructed, de-constructed and reconstructed according to competing architectural, political and preservationist values. The processes of preservation is too slow, the theories of what constitutes the best form of preservation moves more quickly and the physical form of the building can never catch up to its theorization.
This project accelerates the Parthenon’s capacity to absorb multiple interpretations and physical manipulations, asserting that its status as supreme cultural asset is due not to its stability, or iconicity, but to its mutability. The project seeks new associations, spatializations, and mutations, collecting and articulating alternate configurations that proclaim new formations of value.
Expanded perspective, showing transforming and mutating Parthenon
Left: The construction of the myth of classical perfection; right: The various roles, as promiscuous armature, celebrity backdrop, architectural object of study, propaganda device, urban backdrop
Analysis of existing site, a spectacle of disassembly and re-assembly, the surrounding blocks travel through a restoration assembly line back to their original position within the classical temple model
Existing fragment-to-block-to-temple logic
The missing blocks in their current and original locations
Digital inventory of all blocks, existing and missing, with associated data attributes
Differentiated analysis of each individual block, hunting for new forms of value
Hybrid tensigrity system, block becomes dynamic building joint
Detail of compression member, showing tension cables fixed to top, flexibility and movement has now been transferred from fixed crane turning-circles to multiple distributed nodes
New transformation phases: The Single; The Double; The Multiple; and The Many