Project Heracles #5 - Architecture - Domus
Project Heracles #5
 

Project Heracles #5

In the ongoing series of guest-curated entries from Project Heracles, Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt detail their submission, which creates a radical new spur off London's tube network.

 

Architecture / Asif Khan + Pernilla Ohrstedt

In May, inspired by an email exchange between philosophers Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage, Domus invited readers to send in their ideas for possible ways to connect the European and African continents across the Strait of Gibraltar. The results range in scale—and feasibility—from a simple cablecar to a giant floating Mediterranean city, frequently questioning the troubled history of the relationship between the two continents. In a series of additional commentaries to Lieven and Dieter's selections, followed by entries selected by Geoff Manaugh, Saskia Sassen, and Bruce Sterling. On the occasion of the Project Heracles exhibition at the Gopher Hole, Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt proposed their own dramatic extension of the London Tube.

In 1931 London underground employee Harry Beck designed the first tube map that ignored geographical realities in favour of topological-relational information. A design which has since allowed commuters around the world—in comfort and with ease—to navigate thousands of kilometres of complex tunnel systems.

Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt: Project Heracles, the Fnideq branch extension.

Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt: Project Heracles, the Fnideq branch extension.


Our Project Heracles proposal, The Fnideq branch extension to the Northern line, explores the ideas of topology and the familiar. The premise is to take advantage of a commuter's suspension of disbelief to the point where a tube connection to Africa, so matter-of-fact, familiar and therefore unthreatening, could be possible. On the tube, the markets in Fnideq are no harder to imagine than the high street in Cockfosters, as long as there is a line that takes you there. After all Fnideq is just a few stops beyond Balham, and vice versa.

Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt: Project Heracles, the Fnideq branch extension.

Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt: Project Heracles, the Fnideq branch extension.

The Fnideq branch proposal aims to be welcoming in a London sort of way. Whilst an extension sticker is unassuming and anonymous, its overt simplicity masks the freedoms that it actually implies.

 
On the tube, the markets in Fnideq are no harder to imagine than the high street in Cockfosters, as long as there is a line that takes you there.
 
Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt: Project Heracles, the Fnideq branch extension.

Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt: Project Heracles, the Fnideq branch extension.


From Balham it takes us to Gibraltar continuing under the straits to Ceuta before passing seamlessly beneath the six metre Ceuta-Melilla wall to its final stop Fnideq. As we know a tube line can always be extended. Next stop Lagos? Mind the gap.

An open letter to the President of the European Council

After surveying proposals for a Eurafrican bridge, a plea to marshal the Heraclean effort to complete the last great juncture between earth's landmasses.

 

Op-ed / Joseph Grima

Project Heracles #1
 

Project Heracles #1

Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage comment on selected contributions to Project Heracles.

 

Architecture / Lieven De Cauter and Dieter Lesage

Project Heracles: where the EURO meets the AFRO

Bjarke Ingels/BIG contributes designs for new EU and African currencies for an exhibition of proposals for a Eurafrican Bridge at London's The Gopher Hole.

 

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Project Heracles #2
 

Project Heracles #2

Geoff Manaugh initiates a series of guest-curated proposals for Project Heracles, selecting the most intriguing projects among the hundreds received.

 

Architecture / Geoff Manaugh

Project Heracles #3
 

Project Heracles #3

Continuing the series of guest-curated selections from Project Heracles, Saskia Sassen comments on her favorites among the hundreds that Domus received.

 

Architecture / Saskia Sassen

Project Heracles #4
 

Project Heracles #4

In the ongoing series of guest-curated entries from Project Heracles, Bruce Sterling selects his favorites.

 

Architecture / Bruce Sterling

Project Heracles #6
 

Project Heracles #6

Our series of curated sets of the submissions continues with guest-editor Elisa Poli.

 

Architecture / Elisa Poli

Project Heracles #7
 

Project Heracles #7

The Mediterranean Sea represents an ocean of differences for the people who overlook it. For the next installment of Heracles, Carson Chan reads and responds to the postcard entries.

 

Architecture / Carson Chan

Project Heracles #8
 

Project Heracles #8

In the next installment of guest-curated selections for Project Heracles, Salvatore D'Agostino considers places of encounter and exchange.

 

Architecture / Salvatore D'Agostino

Project Heracles #9
 

Project Heracles #9

Among the postcards received for Project Heracles, Matteo Costanzo [2A + P/A] has selected those which represent the most basic aspect of crossing a border.

 

Architecture / Matteo Costanzo

Project Heracles #10
 

Project Heracles #10

The postcard entries chosen by architecture curator Pippo Ciorra reflect on the mare nostrum theme of the project.

 

Architecture / Pippo Ciorra

Project Heracles #14
 

Project Heracles #14

The selections by Marco Brizzi drift toward projects bearing less architectural, but not simplistic nor naïve, visions.

 

Architecture / Marco Brizzi