New Local Worlds in Section

[Image: “Moravian Mount” from New Local Zlín by Margaret Bursa].

In a recent post I included an image from Margaret Bursa’s project New Local NY, which she produced while a student at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Bursa’s tutors for that project were Mark Smout and Laura Allen, of Smout Allen; and I should right away that I’m consistently amazed at the quality of work coming out of Smout Allen’s studios.

I thought, then, that I should take the occasion to share more images from Bursa’s projects. You can check out her website here.

[Images: From New Local NY by Margaret Bursa].

New Local NY features “a ‘landscape of movement’,” Bursa writes. It “takes the form of a condensed urban playground on the west side of Manhattan, overhanging onto the River Hudson,” and it was at least partially inspired “by the ongoing relocation of immigrants and cultures to America, in particular Sokol, a Czech mass-exercise movement, promoting togetherness, flocking, fresh air and cultural pride.”

The result is an intensely colorful, wind-powered megastructure, sitting comfortably astride the worlds of home craft and experimental architecture.

[Image: From New Local NY by Margaret Bursa].

Here are some amazing sectional sketches:

[Images: From New Local NY by Margaret Bursa; larger version one and two].

Then there is New Local Zlín, an earlier companion piece to New Local NY.

Zlín, Bursa explains, is the fading capital of the Bata shoe-making empire:

The Czech town of Zlín is the site of a social, industrial and architectural experiment begun by Tomas Bata in 1894. However, his shoe-making factories that were once the town’s driving force no longer operate and so the social and commercial structure of the town and its suburbs are in decline. Responding to the New Local Manifesto, a layer of facilities is laid over and interwoven into the residential neighborhoods where seven housing typologies are afforded dual functions of work and domestic life such the House of Drink, where both production and consumption are combined.

The images, again, are drenched in color and extraordinarily detailed.

[Images: “House of Drink,” “Greenhouse,” and town plan from New Local Zlín by Margaret Bursa].

The next project is a kind of tube-diorama: you look into the miniature landscape and see autumn trees, a ruined Greek temple, and a many-windowed architectural section standing in silhouette.

The project seems to come with the implication that, when you look inside a telescope, perhaps it’s possible that you might simply be seeing a world inside the telescope—that is, an optical device that, instead of revealing new worlds from afar, actually contains local worlds within it.

[Image: From Layered Landscapes by Margaret Bursa].

Called Layered Landscapes, the project is a “compositional map,” Bursa writes, and it comes complete with hardcover book and poster.

[Images: From Layered Landscapes by Margaret Bursa].

Finally, I have a weird affinity for sketches of archways, and so I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this short series of brick studies—called, unsurprisingly, Brickscape.

[Images: From Brickscape by Margaret Bursa].

In any case, there’s some great work in there. Check out Bursa’s site for a bit more.

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