Some thoughts about manifestoPosted: October 6, 2011
All of our studio discussions have been filled with many questions of what statement we are trying to make with our shelters. When thinking about single statements that can be made, it was difficult to fit all of our thoughts and concepts into a few lines. I tried and below is what I came up with.
The Carnegie Mellon University fence acts a center for communication, between students, faculty, the University and the local community. Traditions have been upheld for generations as to how the fence is painted, including the time of day the painting occurs, the type of paint that can be used, and the number of people that must ‘guard’ the fence in order to continue communication for multiple days. With these types of traditions, the way in which messages are communicated is very controlled.
Recently, however, the second year architecture studio has been challenged to design a set of structures to shelter students who are guarding the fence. What began as an individual exploration, the project has now evolved into a collaborative full-scale assembly of shelters. These shelters are a form of communication that differ from the traditional painted words. Through a physical experience of climbing, sitting, and a mental experience of observation and reflection, people are challenged to hear our message. We are using our voice, as architects, to pose the question of what architecture is, in hopes of sparking thought and discussion within the Carnegie Mellon community. We are allowing our architecture to “Speak.”
Like I said, it was hard to pinpoint exactly to say (a reason why I think many of us have not thought much about the manifesto).
Any comments would be great!