Archive for October, 2010

design.statement

mid.project.reviews

Mid-project reviews brought new insight into what a pavilion can be and why.  Many people expressed their value of flexibility in the functions of a pavilion.

Are the most successful spaces those that can provide a setting for a wide variety of people and activities?

The next step for the bamboo pavilion is to explore how it intersects with the ground plane, since that is a significant part of how it is experienced.

Not long before reviews, I made a discovery about the organization of the bamboo.  A pre-determined framework [e.g. chain-link fence, mesh, or another similar material] can provide the organization needed to regulate the assembly.  This allows for order and still achieves the visual transparency of the form.

It was suggested that I explore moving from a wall-form to a mound-form to become more of a landscape within the site.  However, this shift may compromise the initial ideas of transparency, enclosure, and the study of bamboo as a screen.  Benefits could be safety and improved sight lines.  If the wall structure remains, the back must be addressed.

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CAP Americano SUR Exhibit

Exhibit for the 2010 summer trip to Uruguay + Argentina + Spain

Photos are grouped by city or region, however, the overlap represents sharing of ideas from people moving between the two continents.  The string connecting the cities follows the order of our itinerary.

A video is projected in the midst of the photos and is paired with tango music, a vibrant part of South American culture.  The box housing the projector and video player contains graffiti of key ideas and projects from both continents.

questions

field trip reflections

I spent Oct. 2 – 9 in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR exploring the cities and attempting to find some inspiration for my “thesis” [but not really…].  Something very apparent about both cities are the strikingly large numbers of homeless people spread throughout the public spaces.  From parks and bridges to open lots and doorsteps, people find places to live and sleep in these urban contexts.  I met with two people who run services for the homeless, and they both expressed the constant need for more sleeping space, even if temporary.

It brings a new layer to the question: what is a pavilion?  How would the use or perception of the campus installation change if placed in an urban context?  Would it be used as shelter at night?

In the context of people who are without a permanent home, what could a temporary pavilion offer?  Shelter from the rain, a place to sell craft-work, a place to sleep, a meeting point, a building material, storage?

Part of the continued analysis is what the second life of the project will be.  If the bamboo pieces are short cylinders, they could be insulated and used as shelter material.  As a whole, it could be processed and made into flooring, panels, or fabric.