Work details
Application Number 0000901566
Author Neimark, Anna , United States
Coauthors Atwood, Andrew , United States
May, John , United States
Vujosevic, Tijana , United States
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Work title: Zoopol (0000901566)

Description:
Zoopol, a monument to the animal kingdom. The premise for developing environmental strategies is to promote human love for the environment and fuel the desire for mimicry, theft, and appropriation of nature. It is not the appreciation of nature in its unadulterated form that is the main characteristic of the human species: humans express their delight for nature by creating quasi natures—aesthetic perversions of natural phenomena. The greatest achievement in the production of quasi natures is the invention of the animal pattern. The animal pattern is the aesthetic realization of ecological desire that can be applied to anything. One can have a leopard print dress, a zebra print compact disc case, tiger print panties and anaconda shoes. We propose to celebrate the animal pattern by blowing it up to a gigantic scale. Here is the animal print city—The Zoopol. The Zoopol is not a natural reserve. The Zoopol does not solve environmental problems. The Zoopol is not a self-sufficient eco-system. The Zoopol does not create a harmony between species. The Zoopol is not a tourist destination. It is a celebration of human love for nature and a monument to its ubiquitous modern image—the animal skin. The possibilities for building Zoopols are inexhaustible. Any animal pattern can be utilized as a Zoopol plan. We are presenting Leopard City, Zebra City, and Giraffe City as three options. Each offers a different environment appropriate to the characteristics of its pattern. Leopard City is a dense tower settlement. Zebra City is a mid-rise slab development. Giraffe City is a continuous low-density mat with courtyards throughout. By living in animal pattern cities, the citizens develop an intimate relationship with the chosen animal as a modern version of the totem. This relationship is a relationship of waste. In order to realize the pattern vision, the citizens enjoy vast amounts of completely unusable space and undulating surfaces built only for sensual pleasure. But isn’t architecture everything that is not necessary?