Closure

The program that I was assigned is “community garden”. I interpreted a garden as being a place of nurture; is it a place where things are encouraged to grow. Using strings as a symbolic representation of memory, memories of violent acts experienced by students on campus can be displaced onto a path. These students will tie strings in memoriam of these acts, in order to raise awareness of such crimes and as a form of closure. The strings will begin to act as a skin for it’s structure, and will build up over time allowing passer bys the see the impact of such crimes. The path will act as path from the Otrain to the University Centre, where people will begin to fill it up with strings that will act as architectural members in tension. As the path increases in density of strings it will hopefully bring more awareness to such issues, and will serve as inspiration to help reduce the quantity of these crimes. In the end, it will be a physical representation of memory. However, because this pavilion will be open to the public of Carleton, there is no way to truly control the form that it will take on, or even what the strings will represent in the end. People could tie strings on for other personal reasons, or perhaps in memory of a loved one. The idea is still there though, and if people need other forms of closure, then so be it. A garden is meant for things to grow in, and essentially people can grow and receive closure from this Pavillion. In an ideal world however, this structure would remain empty. This creates a paradox, for the structure is more sturdy and complete, along with aesthetically pleasing when it is filled. Beauty can come in the form of closure however, and the beauty of letting go of one’s past. In order for the population of Carleton to know what this pavilion represents, an opening ceremony will be held, where a speech would be presented and people asked to tie strings who have been victims of violence. Eventually, word will spread around campus, as well as people seeing others attach strings and simply asking them what it represents.

My model displays how the strings could possibly be tied. I, as an architect, am providing the structure in which the students can tie the strings, but ultimately have no real control over how they choose to place them. The model represents a sense of time, along with considering high traffic areas. At the beginning you can see a section that has a high density of strings, and closer to the end is empty. This represents a change in time, with the empty part being when this piece is first built, and the fuller part being when it has been present for a while. Also, this part is a high traffic area, just being outside the uni center that is most likely to accumulate the most strings. However, thinking in terms of the context, it is important to realize that in an ideal world this path would remain empty, for students wouldn’t have a reason to tie a string. In the end, the path will act as a memorian to these memories, along with bringing awareness to such pressing issues.

I explored different versions of this path, some where it was a less intimate connection, and others where the system would ultimately form to the tension placed on it.

In the end I chose to go with a more simple frame, similar to my “box” exploration, which allows the skin to be more prominent and the main focus of the path. The path would be made of out wooden poles that will arch up and down, allowing for a variety of heights, and strings will be attached onto hooks on these poles, and hooks similar to dock hooks on the ground. The poles themselves will interlock through groves placed on the inside of them.

The following photos are my hybrid images, demonstrating the atmosphere and feeling on the pavilion, as well as my conceptual drawing.

STUDIO REFLECTION:

In all, I’ve had a really fun time during studio this semester. It has challenged me to think outside the box and to interpret things in different ways. I had never previously thought through making, and usually always had a preconceived idea before I started to work. It was definitely a challenge to develop my ideas through the process of making, but in the end I think that it is very rewarding. Projects can turn out better since one understands the material on a deeper level, and can make different connection with it, as opposed to if they already had a preconceived idea in mind.

I really enjoyed working on the “pavilion” part of the semester, simply because I thought the interconnections of our themes, programs, and artists was interesting and a challenging thing to do.  At first I wasn’t sure how to connect them all, as I thought that there were so many aspects to consider. I was over thinking it, and sometimes simplicity is better. I ended up really liking the idea behind my project, as would even really enjoy seeing something similar being implemented at Carleton. I am overall happy with my work this semester, all though there is always room for improvement, and possible taking things to a higher level of understand.

I am sad that next year, since I am an Urbanism student, that I won’t have the opportunity to take studio. I really enjoyed this semester, and Professor Karen Conty was great. Although I won’t have studio next year, I will have the opportunity to understand cities more and how geographical aspects affect how cities are built.