Content tagged: generating social encounter


Content type: Project
Date added: 29.07.2012

Dymaxion Sleep

This garden designed for the Jardin de Metis in Quebec, changes the viewer’s fundamental spatial relation to the plants. Whereas in most gardens, visitors walk on a path beside the plants – a primarily visual experience – Dymaxion Sleep rotates this relationship by 90 degrees, so that visitors are suspended horizontally over the garden in a hammock-like structure, placing them in an non-visual olfactory relationship to the aromatic plants they lay above. The project seeks to encourage pleasure and sensuality in the context of the traditional garden festival – a type of public intoxication – and explores how doing that while lying prone with strangers could infringe on the social conventions of garden tourism.

Jane Hutton and Arian Blackwell are a landscape designer and an artist/urbanist/architect based in Canada. Photography: Robert Baronet, Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens


Content type: Project
Date added: 24.07.2012

House Installation Project

For this offsite project of Café Gallery Projects London, a raised platform was built through the densely inhabited household of the artist, functioning as a walkway for visitors, a sculptural system and a concrete space. Maintaining its level and negotiating and framing objects and people; the platform creates unusual proximities, manipulating the comparative levels of display of ‘the museum’ content. Occupants and visitors discuss their relative status, within the still functioning spaces; bringing into play conflicting and contradictory power relations. The installation serves as a ‘social experiment’ to see which prevails – visitor or intruder.
Fran Cottell is an artist and senior lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts. Photography: Terry Watts.


Content type: Project
Date added: 24.07.2012

Charter of Dubai

Changes in urban form will lead to changes in urbanity. This bold thesis is challenged by re-adjusting the geometry of the Palm Jumeraih, the built diagram of an exclusive luxury refuge, now the basis to imagine a socially integrated urbanity. ‘Re:form’ and ‘Re:block’ open up, connect and make permeable, ‘Re:lock’ and ‘Re:gain’ transform a culture of exclusion into a culture of thresholds and appropriation. ‘Re:plot’ cuts domiciles in half to allow for private and public alleyways, ‘Re:use’ turns the villas inside out to provide shaded courtyards. If the question is whether social cultures can be patterned through formal configurations of space, the Palm’s straight answer is yes.
SMAQ is a collaborative studio that operates in the field of architecture, urbanism and research.

Content type: Post
Date added: 11.06.2011

Friday Session 46

‘On the Relational in Architecture’ Friday, 17.6.2011 6.30h @ public works, 1-5 Vyner Street, London E2 9DG A round of presentations and discussion followed by a book launch, accompanied by drinks. With Rochus Urban Hinkel, from Urban Interior, a research group at the School of Architecture, 
RMIT University, Melbourne, Dr Hélène Frichot from Architecture + (…)