ARCH DESIGN 4: WELLNESS CENTER

DESIGN WELL & BE WELL!

“Going up that river was like travelling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings. An empty stream, a great silence, an impenetrable forest. The air was warm, thick, heavy, sluggish… The long stretches of waterway ran on, deserted, into the gloom of overshadowed distances… We were wanderers on prehistoric earth, on an earth that wore the aspect of an unknown planet.

– Tall trees.

– When were you born?

– So you’re one of the dreamers now. You’ve beheld the fata morgana of the terminal lagoon. You look tired. Was it a deep one?” excerpt from cyclonopedia

This semester we will be working on a semester long project. It will involve several stages that will guide you in developing the following skills:

  • READ and INTERPRET A SITE by generating a site on your own as topography, by setting up its formation rules & exceptions and thereby understanding the logics of site analysis.
  • MAKE AN INTERVENTION on a SITE that will evolve into your PROJECT by defining your ACTIONS and SYNTHESIZING your actions with the requested program (required spaces and relationships)
  • Understanding TECTONIC relationships while interpreting the SITE / TOPOGRAPHY, and making the INTERVENTION
  • Speculate the possible SOCIAL ORDER/COMMONS by taking your project as the heart of it.                                                                                                                                                                   

1 GENERATE THE SITE / DESIGN THE CONTEXT: 4 SITUATIONS / 4 WEEKS

You are asked to CREATE A TOPOGRAPHY.

For your convenience and for we have predefined a vague outcome of the sites

– inclined
– flat + waterfront
– water
– rough

CHALLENGES: surface roughness – tear – gravity – valley/ridge

METHODS:
Layering
Fields of Points
Triangulation
Tensile
Aggregation

ESSENTIAL: DEFINE RULES TO CREATE THIS SITE AS WELL AS ITS EXCEPTIONS

A passage from Five Senses by Michel Serres, will be read to interpret an image, a texture; which later will be transformed into your topographies. Each topography has its own unique properties that makes it work as a system in terms of the tectonic relationships and ecological approach it relates inside the environment.

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