The Huge Reinforced Concrete Skeleton Structures
After a few decades, the curtain façade of the huge, box-shaped building has begun to leak. The inside walls, office interiors and furniture have become faded and worn, toxic insulation materials have begun to disintegrate and diffuse. The building is to be demolished. An economic viability study is commissioned and concludes that everything is to be dismantled; the skeleton of reinforced concrete, however, is to remain.
a) The supporting structure is meticulously stripped and cleaned, laid bare so to say, leaving only the naked rack structure of stacked levels. The skeletal frame constitutes a three-dimensional property and could, theoretically, be sold level by level (zone by zone), then developed piece by piece like land. The land register entries would suddenly expand to many levels. Twenty building plots would be stacked one above the other, and neighbor rights would defy gravity.
b) The load-bearing skeletons of the large buildings are further improved in terms of capacity, quality and endurance. Their life span exceeds that of other building elements by up to 10 periods. They are more or less the records, the memory, that which remains of a building. The skin, furniture and walls are increasingly specialized. They become ever more short-lived, temporary and easily exchangeable. At some point, no more skeletal frames will be erected because of their abundant availability. They belong to no one. Groups of settlers will stretch skins over skeletal frames. (TWA)
The Large Insurance Companies
Amended building regulations will commit large insurance companies to reserving a percentage of their buildings' space volume for use by the public. This space volume must be delineated external space within a constructed building and be made available to the public for further development. There will be no connection between the thousands of office units and the enclosed external space. This external space constitutes an offer, in the same way that a chimney is an offer to a stork. At some point, the public will decide to develop this enclosed external space, a public insert into a recurrent grid. Since buildings will be mere frames, these public inserts will be caught in the office grids like shells and flotsam. Thus, the large insurance company buildings will contain small public cells, bits of specialized libraries, community kitchens where celebrated chefs concoct the best dishes, vegetarian dishes, where recipes are exchanged, large exercise rooms, self-administrated table tennis clubs. A narrow bridge links the office grid to the community kitchens. It serves as a service and cleaning corridor. There are large sleeping areas, where warm summer nights are spent collectively in theta-wave dreams. It is an inversion of the food chain. (TWA)
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