100 Cranes was designed and completed summer of 2011 in the annual European competition, Europan. Available to participants who are under 40 and of European citizenship, I completed this competition with Caroline O'Donnell partner at CODA in Ithaca, NY. Together we completed and finished in first place in response to the city of Dubrovnik's call for a 'new public space, with multiples story parking garages and storage space underground, and a new terminal for tourist buses with complementary public facilities (cultural, recreational, social-kindergarten) on ground level, in order to improve inhabitants quality of life and to alleviate the current public transport terminal west of the city gate. The city walls should be free from parking, and offered as a view, being one of the characteristic features of the city imagery.'
he paper crane functions as a series of oblique surfaces which through a series of actions are manipulated across a plane, changing in program and function as the 'cranes' are flattened or expanded.. As the crane moves across the field which overlooks the old city, plazas, museums and finally a bus station is supported through the 'underbelly' of the crane. At its deepest point the crane's under carriage transforms into structure and light wells deep in the parking garage below.