Several Partly Habitable Spaces for Idle Cogitation
This studio concentrates on the critical examination of site to explore landscape and the built environment through a pilgrimage of small scale interventions – spaces for thought.
Rather than pacing for religious purposes, pilgrimage in the context of this studio is a way to engage with landforms and induce contemplation.
Students will propose a pacing itinerary: a sequence of meditative activities that comprise the ‘stations’ of a pilgrimage, and identify and respond to particular landscape, elemental, and seasonal conditions that propel each intervention.
Scrutinising site as palimpsest, rigorous practices of mapping and casting (at macro and micro scales) will facilitate the pursuit and manifestation of contextual understandings, speculations and inventions.
We will research geographical representation, such as romanticised nineteenth century biogeography and infographics, contemporary explorations of quantitative documentation and qualitative notation, demonstrated in the works of Jorinde Voigt, as well as site responsive architecture, including Enric Miralles’ Cimitero di Igualada, Tomba Brion by Carlo Scarpa and Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands. In addition, the studio will explore the eighteenth century fascination with the Sublime, examine the spectacle / spectator relationship of tourism, the Grand Tour, and analyse pilgrimage typologies.