Author : Joseph I. Ruiz-Tapia

University : Woodbury School of Architecture

Status : BArch, 2013

Advisors : Marcel Sanchez-Prieto, Goyo Ortiz

Title : Hybrid Typologies

The projection of the Tijuana River as a ruin of the city starts detonating the type of intervention that will transform the idea of public space in the city. Tracing back to the ruins in Rome and how they speak of the ancient character of the city and the transformational capacity of such territory, a Piranesian approach to the ruin of the river unveils its spatial potential as it can accommodate thousands of square footage along its perimeter. The infrastructure of the river becomes the ruin to be restored and the space frame in which the new typological characterizations of the collective unravel to centralize the public realm of an otherwise territory of individual economies. An architectural intervention over this infrastructural centralized extension denotes infinite possibilities in regards to other infrastructural projects such as new modes of transportation, reconnecting various economic and residential sectors along its perimeter, allocation of new green areas, and re-use of the water that runs through channelized river.

The image denotes certain elements that make it easier to identify hints of time, space, and culture. The waffle slab for example projects a universal value of architecture, but as rational as it could be, its pragmatic value is subjected to the dynamic essence of human nature.

In the urban context it becomes vital to identify the energies driving its continuous transformations and how are these distributed. Identifying this field of intensities should denote the nature of the new collective space. From the beginning, in order for the project to address the basic functions of the public domain of the city, a thorough investigation of the origin and transformation of city and public space has to be constructed. From this investigation a matrix is created extracting the different typological components (the street, the plaza, the gardens, etc.) that characterize the public space as such; the matrix is constructed with the hybridization of such components, opening opportunities for different types of activities and programs to happen.

From this investigation a matrix is created extracting the different typological components (the street, the plaza, the gardens, etc.) that characterize the public space as such; the matrix is constructed with the hybridization of such components, opening opportunities for different types of activities and programs to happen.

In order to democratize the existing unconventional urban form a new grid is laid over the site and its adjacency, in this manner the project becomes an infinite and highly flexible urban vision that grows along with the grid’s extension. The new typo-logical components are organized into such grid creating different possible scenarios for collective ecologies; at the same time the organization of such components derives from the context in which these unfold and create the new typos of the public space.

On the river surface, the concrete slab is broken to allow for more organic water run-out providing each block with a plinth that more than floating the program speaks of the individual character of each block, existing as independent powers and identities, each serving different purposes and ideologies.