A D S P R E D E L S E  /  U D S P R E D E L S E


“Why not set a higher value of dispersal? Instead of living just one place, and trying in vain to gather yourself together there, why not have five or six rooms dotted around Paris? I’d go an sleep in Denfert, I’d write in the Place Voltaire, I’d listen to music in the Place Clichy, I’d make love at the Poterne des Peupliers, I’d eat in the Rue de la Tombe-Issoire, I’d read by the Parc Monceau, etc.”

The projects is based on the  text above by French author Georges Perec. The text is from his acclaimed book Species of Spaces and Other Pieces. I couldn't get this, more or less, brilliant idea out of my mind. How would it really be like? -  living in a fragmented apartment and with a major need of movement. I decided to take the next step and create my own version of it. But I had to get Copenhagen under my skin and find out  more about the certain neighbourhoods of the Danish capital - after all the  chapter, which Perec's text is part of, is called Death of the Neighbourhood.

I would spent countless of hours in the  streets of Copenhagen, taking notes of elements of vast variety, as I didn't believe that I knew the neighbourhoods good enough. I knew  that Georges Perec was familiar with nearly all Paris' neighbourhood so I felt that I needed to show his idea some dignity by observing and experiencing my site, my city, my neighbourhood. However, it wouldn't be fair to  compare myself to a member of OuLiPo. 

As Perec was a dedicated phenomenologist I decided to use this in my way of observing. The map  shows a few of my observations. I would sit in the same spot for a while - often in a corner at a cafe. The chosen spot should have the qualities of a good lookout -  I should be able to freely observe a  square, a street or perhaps the cafe itself.

Some  of the elements that I took notice of would be related to building typologies, sounds, spatiality and location. But I didn't have a certain structure for my way of observation. I did have a general knowledge of the specialities  of each neighbourhood I visited.  The visits would have an overall spontaneity connected to them.

The document  below shows the  twelve keywords I  came up with when looking through my notes - and refrasing them spatialy (the left column in the document). Each keyword  and spatial elemtent generated a representative model, which I would use in the form finding part of the project.

The keywords as they are listed:

Standstill  | Stay(s) |Meeting

Crossing | Coalescence |  Grafting

Passage |Closeness | Mass

Rotation | Flexibility | Instability

The models are made of cast, wood, metal and cloth. Unfortunately the text is in Danish, but I think the pictures speaks for themselves. 


The greatness of monotasking. That is what the picture above is telling. The picture is taking in 1905 at the Kaaterskill Hotel in New York. The room was meant to sit in - and perhaps have a conversation.  This idea complimented my project and I decided to split the appartment up into four places one would need  to live after the basics of Georges Perec's idea.  The places  turned out to be:

The place for rest

The place for dining

The place for  learning

The place for hobby

Obviously, we are equipped with some needs that I had to have in mind. I did consider the option of  Towers of Pee situated around Copenhagen, but ended up with a more logical solution. I decided to make a private and social part of each place. The private would be where one would be spending time alone, while the social one would be where the dwellers of the given place (building) would meet each other - and hopefully interact. The private bathroom would be at the place for rest

More to come...