Design
ARA 02 - 17 - 2010

In this design assignment I began to explore the potential site development that could take place along the creek or waterway that flows along the South side of my homewtown site. Using the design library that I have been developing over the last month, I collected a few "translated" ideas and combined them in to one hypothetical site plan. These translations were based on observations made in Spain, France, Italy, and Egypt. The site plan created from these ideas can be seen below. To the right are my translated ideas which fed in to the site plan. The first image on the right (moving top to bottom) was a painting of an abstracted dragon that I found in Cordoba, Spain. It was at the entrance to a home, and it made a statement about the occupants of that home. I abstracted this in to a form that could be created in the stream, which you can see below in the site plan. This could suggest something about the city, or the function of the site. My next idea also came from Cordoba, Spain. While in Cordoba, I came upon a courtyard enclosed by orange trees. The orange trees were connected by a sort of trough functiong as irrigation for the trees. At the center of the courtyard was a fountain which fed in to the irrigation system. My abstraction of this is shown in the second image down on the right. It shows a circle of trees connected by this water trough which enclose a small gathering space. I've created a water feature at the center, but in this scenario both the water feature and the water trough irrigation system are fed by the creek. This is an example of irrigation that was found on the west strip of the Nile River in Egypt. The indigenous farmers there would pull water from the Nile down small grooves in the earth which fed in to their crops. The third illustration down on the right shows a retention wall with 3 differently decorated panels in repetition. When these panels are placed one on top ot the other they form one single image or images which might act as site narrative. This comes from street pavers designed by Gaudi that we saw while in Barcelona, spain. I like this concept because it effectively incorporates narrative and could be mass produced for the site. Last is the age old concept of framing. While in Venice, Italy I saw on numerous occasions important monuments and churches being framed by the tall buildings which lined the narrow streets. The streets typically terminated at the footstep of these landmarks, as to give purpose to the path. The last translation which I incorporated in to this hypothetical site design uses built up land around a path to create the same effect found in Venice. The illustration shows the building slightly hidden behind the mounds, but still clearly visible. This would create intrigue for those travelling along the path, making them excited to venture past the mounds and see the rest of the building. This site plan was more or less an experiment in implementing ideas from my design library. How these different site features work together to enhance one's approach towards their destination is yet to be investigated and developed, but will obviously be a crucial point in the design process. What is important is that any of these simple ideas could exist on my hometown site, and have the potential to create a very rich narrative.

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