DISPLACEMENT | Architecture to the body scale | MICROmacro+MIRANDAvukasovic

DISPLACEMENT  | noun /dɪsˈpleɪsm(ə)nt/

1. the act of displacing.

2. the state of being displaced or the amount or degree to which something is displaced.

3. the transfer of an emotion from its original focus to another object, person, or situation.

4. the linear or angular distance in a given direction between a body or point and a reference position.

5. the distance of an oscillating body from its equilibrium position.


DISPLACEMENT  is based on the transfer of all the different scales of architecture to the scale of the Human Body and its effects on it.

Starting from the metropolis, the process of urban agglomeration and city fabric, we move to architecture, massing, volume, facade, material, surface and edge.

By displacing all these architectural scales onto the human body, we are creating a new contextual situation in which the macro is in reaction with the micro. We are thus able to give the observer a new point of view of the city and architecture, closer to their own eyes, on their body and touching their skin.

Through the act of displacing we are testing the materiality of the urban environment on the body, challenging roughness, weight, thickness, reflectivity, transparency and texture. We are crafting these unconventional materials into architecture to wear: a vast urban fabric becomes light as silk; a sinuous and shiny curtain-wall façade becomes armour that protects and reflects; while the concrete mass reveals its weight and roughness on our arms.