Second year Studio
Led by | Architect Sarah Gensel
Implementing the ideas of Winnicott (Psychoanalysis, 1896-1971) about the “potential space”, in planning of a merger between residential neighborhoods and industrial zone in jerusalem.
The potential space is any experience in the intermediate realm between objective reality and subjective reality as perceived by man. The “middle field” is actually both an external and an inner reality. Winnicott called it “the potential space”. The potential space is a place that also includes elements of imagination, and reality, without these opposites interfering with each other or requiring selection between them. According to Winnicott, a smooth transition in the potential space, between imagination and reality facilitates in creating a state of “mental health”.
The urban skeleton I recognized exists as a form having characteristics of a delta. When the current of the river is the living area- the reality, and the estuary of the delta is the industrial zone, the imagination. The axis begins as a flowing river downward, in a coherent, structured way. Life cycle, permanent. As it progresses downwards, into the industrial zone, the river receives the urban skeleton, the axis, and many branches and changes. As the delta’s branches, the structure becomes irregular, covers a wide area and is characterized by varying layers.
In order to create a “potential space”I planned a new structured strip between the two street that defined the borders between the industrial and the residential areas. My goal was to create a “middle space” that will contain residential, educational, commerce, culture and industry together.