THE MEGASTRUCTURE AS AN URBAN FRAGMENT

master thesis project, 2016

The subject of the research is an urban fragment of the east-west axis in the city center of Skopje, as a distinct area with a special spatial, historical and social origin. Following the theory of collective form by Fumihiko Maki, the project re-visits the idea of the megastructure whose origin appears in the 60s as a response to the failures of the modernism. The project proposal incorporates the theory of master program and master form as a tool to rethink today’s hybrid urbanism, using the principles of dynamic approach towards planning, thus overcoming the visual and physical concepts of the single building as a closed compositional system. In 1964 Kenzo Tange’s masterplan for Skopje, he uses the metabolist megastructure as a densifier for projecting organic urban growth. In today’s context, the need for a metabolist aproach is seen as a way to restore the urban ecology and combine relative density with preservation of natural voids for new potential land use. The project proposes a linear megastructure as an infrastructural element inserted between different urban fragments, connecting the main square and the central station.