In this assignment for Architectural Representation and Design Core 1 class at GSAPP, two drawings, a model, and an animation were used to critique the disparity between the Metabolist Design goals and the realized Nakagin Capsule Tower. The goal of this assignment was to become familiarized with processes of model making, drawing, and animation to the as well as to communicate an argument through each medium.
In the introduction to his book "Kisho Kurokawa : from metabolism to symbiosis " Kurokawa argues that the machine age and the international style of architecture will necessarily give way to the age of life through Metabolist architecture. This 'Age of life' will be defined by intercultural styles, a symbiosis of universal and regional styles: it will be the age of expression.
However, the Nakagin Capsule tower constricts users in a prefabricated ergonomically designed space. This lack of space inevitably limits the users possible movements, confining them to etch the same path over and over. This identical path is made by all residents simultaneously and consecutively throughout the lifetime of the building.
The project has a central concrete and steel core that was projected to last 200 years while the capsules were to be changed every 20 years. This regenerative design failed due to the incredible power and wealth one would need to replace a capsule. This type of 'home improvement' was out of the reach of most if not all of the inhabitants of this tower thus the capsules were never changed and now are dilapidated.