Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mid Crit Update

Friday was our first mid crit for this project and I'd say mine was pretty productive. I have a good amount of feedback to work with in preparation for tomorrow's second crit.

I was told that I should pull all of the fingers that fan out into the landscape right next to each other and allow them to be walked on top of. By pulling them together and using more undulation, I create a more dynamic landscape where the ground beneath you becomes a columnberium (sp?) and then back down to a walking surface again. At the same time, the walls to your left and right are doing the same thing. To further explore this, I used a drawdel and made a small landscape.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Final Project

So we are now into the mid phases of our project for the semester and it's been a while since I have updated this, mainly because I've had so many ideas going on in my head that I don't know which one to pick. Currently I am at a point where I have a pretty good understanding of what I would like to do for the rest of the semester and have a solid foundation to work off of.

This is a pretty accurate perspective I sketched from the exit of the contemplative space. You are being released into the field of graves inserted into the ground along a radial axis. There are breaks along the "fingers" that allow for people to pass smoothly in between rows. A better idea of the site plan is shown in the next picture.
earlier version

newest version
You can see the existing cemetery on the right hand side and my addition fanning off to the left. I used the same 15* angle that was already present in miralles and pinos' plans, and mimicked it for four more rows of graves. The fifth row on the left is the contemplative space which is meant to draw you in the same way the chapel does. I angled the walls to help funnel people in and they reflect the design I created with my plaster casting.

The newest section cuts

Here you can see my most recent section cuts through every row. After the group returned from Barcelona, I found out there were a series of small plateaus in the area I wanted to work. This actually helps my idea and gives me more dynamics to work with so I was fairly excited to hear that.

Now I am working on scaling the design to the final size for the presentation tomorrow and will post updates of what results from it.