Oct 05 2010
Palais de Justice: The Sleepwalkers’ Charge
A group of NYIT designers have joined forces as a collective, entering the architecture competition to overhaul and functionally recast Le Palais de Justice, also known as the Brussels Courthouse. With the moniker of Sleepwalkers—emphasizing the unconventional, 24 hour, 7 time-zone design method and seamless revolving schedule of real-time design contribution, via the internet –the group will work through the fall to mid-November.
Sleepwalkers aim to explore the possibilities of interoperability and communications practice among emerging design professionals. Each campus of NYIT is represented by two members, linked as a technical caucus via the internet. To illustrate this interaction, the design process will be transmitted to all three locations, viewed via video monitors mounted in public spaces; the 3D model outputs as well as tracking of project drawings and rendered models will be generated in real time.
Sleepwalkers boast the participation of students, Will Connor, Pawel Zajac, Ted Solages, Tariq Mahmood, Soha Farrag, and Professors Dr. Taha Al-Douri and Charles Matz, AIA RIBA. The team members make up a diverse cross section of the NYIT student body in Manhattan, Old Westbury, and Abu-Dhabi.
The competition emphasizes the re-envisioning of the 130 year old Brussels Courthouse Complex which towers above the surrounding plaza and neighborhood standing as a symbol of power and justice in Belgium. What would come of a Courthouse cleared of its judicial functions? What appearance would the Courthouse take after the insertion of an architectural intervention that radically reprogrammed its historic fabric? Sleepwalkers will offer a solution using a radical work-flow, streamed as performance, live over seven time-zones.