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Exercise based on “Fahrenheit 451”


An L-system or Lindenmayer system is a parallel rewriting system, namely a variant of a formal grammar, most famously used to model the growth processes of plant development, but also able to model the morphology of a variety of organisms. Wikipedia

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Städtebau Analyse

für Eva Gronbach’s Flagship Store

Eva Gronbach is a fashion designer from Cologne that needed a flagship store in her hometown.

Cologne grew in sectors from the Rhein to the west but has always had its “anti-town” on the other side of the river. Nowadays it grows towards a radial composition.

The spot given for the project was a forgotten lot in a very important knot of the city, that links the east-west axe with the city ring. This spot is seen by hundreds of people everyday and has a U-Bahn and Bus station to cover right in front. Commercial and announcement purposes are specially interesting in this spot.

The building must tie the eclectic surrounding together and add something new and interesting to look at in order to atract customers that pass by everyday.


The era of automata as recall for industrial culture.


Main view of the store


Interior of the store






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Cologne’s Alter Markt, center of the historical city, has been under construction for long time due to the new UBahn station that is being built under the plaza. The elevator and scalator for the acces to the station was set on the lot of the Rotes Haus, therefore, this old red house had to be demolished. What would fill that gap? What kind of building could close the plaza and give an intention to the lot? A gothic town hall is next to it, can we bring gothic into the 21st Century?


 A steel structure is proposed to cover the lot with ivy. Ivy leaves have a great area of gas exchange and that makes ivy one of the most frequently used plants for “air-cleaning”, the steel structure would recall the shapes of nature and would hold the ivy. LED lights would be integrated in the structure, so the urban shelter during the day can transform into a landmark at night, dragging attention from locals and visitors, positioning the UBahn station and the town hall.

This project has been published in the Kölner Wochenspiegel, you can see it here [Deutsch]

The other proposals can be checked at the Kölner Haus- und Grunbesitzerverein webpage here [Deutsch]

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This roundabout in between two gas stations would be able to generate electricity for the new electric cars (eventhough landmark is misspelled everywhere).

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We propose a Kinetik Display that serves the ausstellung as a main point, a core, that can hold everything in its orbit, no matter how nonrelated are the satellites around it.

This Kinetik Display would be a grid of elements that can change in height over time, creating any kind of desired 3D surface that could display data, information, text, light…

We thought about an integration between the lightning of the room and the display, so the different parts could be light up while its name is being displayed, giving each part its own protagonism always under the idea of belonging to CIAD.



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