KA.THA.BASE

KA.THA.BASE

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A Project in collaboration with Guya Di Bella, Boris Hamzeian, Nicola Masotti. 2013.

Architecture conceived as narration. New Oceanic Platform Prison is used to trigger a reflection on the contemporary detention system. Taking advantage of the Panoptic theory conceived by Jeremy Bentham, we walk through the philosophical system by Michael Foucault trying to define what he once called "heterotopy". Doing so, our prison became the field of "otherness": a prison conceived as a metaphor of the impossible absolution of a prisoner in our society. Trying to recall the twelve "ideal cities" written and designed by Superstudio, our prison shows through the shapes of a re-proposed mega structure, the parabola of the not-working machine of the modern corrective system. The architectural narration we created to design our proposal, follows the classic scheme of Dante' s. Thanks to a prisoner' s pilgrimage inside the structure we are able to deeply describe the architectural machine and to analyse carefully an ethical system of correction as well. The dichotomy between the architectural design of this un-corrective machine and the ethical system shows how our proposal, in its particular declination of narration, opens Architecture in the new field of unexpected semiotic.