Content tagged: stimulating interaction or participation
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
Christine Rusche does not build spaces, but transforms existing ones through graphic means. Black lines, planes and perspectives collide with the white walls of the gallery. The two spaces compete: the physical three-dimensional space of the gallery with the two-dimensional space of the drawing overlayed onto its surface. The resulting effect is disorientating as much as dislocating. The space appears to be dynamic, initiating movement in the viewer. It wants to be experienced while walking through it, making the viewer continually shift position. Space appears as a relative state that is essentially depended on our experience. Christine Rusche is a German artist.
These architectural interventions into the existing spaces of a school in Berlin aim to provide experientially engaging spaces. Assuming that sensory experience is crucial to stimulate emotional identification and positive behavioural responses, the spaces were developed through a collaborative design approach involving users, client and architect. The children’s fantastical worlds triggered new environments such as the ‘Kaleidoscope Gallery’: a gallery of mirrors optically dissolving the geometrical space of the hallway or ‘Fire Wings’, horizontal and sloped surfaces on which the children can lie down, sit or slide. The interventions activated communication, encouraged pupils to overcome language barriers and became a social catalyst in a socially disadvantaged neighbourhood.
Susanne Hofmann is funder of Baupiloten, an experimental architectural studio bridging education, practice and research. Photography: Jan Bitter.
According to Benjamin, of the two possible ways to appropriate architecture, the appropriation through use and habit prevails over visual contemplation . . . while contemporary cognitive research increasingly seems to imply that although a large part of our interaction with the environment may be going on unconsciously, it will still affect our behaviour.