So what is transparency? Within the context of our sight design, what is it that I am offering as transparent? Space? Program? Circulation? The campus at large? These are questions that I last left with.
[aside] What I truly love about studio ‘culture’ (refer to post on Reflection_Studio Culture for added info) is the collaborative effort put forth toward everyone’s design. We are begin continually told that design does not happen within a creative vacuum. I recognize this. I have always recognized this, and it is a good reason for returning for grad school. [/aside]
Given to opportunity to discuss my design idea with fellow class mates, it was pointed out the function of spaces adjacent to our site– the Art&Architecture Building, the Humanities complex, the Clarence Brown and Carousel theatres, and an old residence dormitory reprogrammed into musical rehearsal space. We are clearly seated within the Arts & Humanities quad.
So taking a more metaphorical station, what is transparent about these spaces? These disciplines? What commonalities exist?
For me, the idea of process presents itself as the chief, recurring theme within each discipline. Artists, architects, landscape architects, and interior designers progress from iteration to iteration, study model after study model. Actors, actresses, and musicians are constantly rehearsing. Writers blow through re-editing pieces like there’s no tomorrow! No profession moves directly from Point A to Point B. There are always intermediate stages.
So how does process become transparent? My solution is to create spaces for public display of the respective processes. Spaces for quiet seclusion and recollection of thoughts (quiet reflection), pin-up/exhibition space for the display of current work (space for our studio to function), and small-scale rehearsal/performance space for both theatrics and musicians (gathering/seating space for a productive Student ASLA meeting).
And this is where I am currently at, refining ideas continually to accommodate these programs. I have played with curvilinear themes to echo the circular nodes throughout campus, rectilinear themes to transition from the adjacent sites into my own, and currently the use of an angled grid and implications thereof to engage the user on the periphery as a means of drawing him into the sight.
So yeah, what follows is my own series of process.