The exhibition “Une ville dessinée“ (“A drawn city”) reflects the high-contrast interplay between historical and modern architecture, as it is so strongly traced in modern cities. It brings together visualized and constructed ideas on paper, presents a selection of projects and architectural fantasies that explore the ways of contrast between contemporary and historical, iconic and background architecture and show which role new layers play in creating the contemporary European city.
“Urban layers” and “the contrasting harmony of the city” are the main topics of the exhibition. Tchoban’s works show visions of today’s architecture in forms and materials. His examination of these themes can be found in his drawings and architectural projects. Ecological construction methods, such as wood or wood-hybrid buildings, play an important role in the project considerations that are to form the contemporary layers of the city. The harmony of contrasts is based on what the politicians of the Renaissance called “balance of power”, that is, the attempt to balance a force by one or more forces.
This concept of the balance of forces can be applied to architecture, to the dynamic equilibrium in the cityscape: contrast harmony is created in 30 percent so called iconic buildings, that reflect sharply the language of contemporary architecture, in relation to 70 percent urban environment, that should be more modest but deep and exact in details. It is about a proportion for urban ensembles, in case the urban ensemble is still important for us, and that is why it should be regulated.
A building is not only effective from a distance. When we look at it from close up, we must be able to discover new, exciting details. Highlighting the form, highlighting a part of the spatial composition should not lead to neglecting details and the qualities of the surfaces. Particularities of the composition, complexity or simplicity, should be balanced by the attention to detail. Only when composition and detail are in balance with each other and equally well thought out, they will work together and form an ensemble. Source by Sergei Tchoban.