Situated Landscape is 1 of 11 installations by Associate Professor Elise Shelley’s ARCH 425 students. ARCH 425 is a 4th year course at Waterloo Architecture that investigates the modern designed landscape in connection with nature, social issues, and environmentalism.
1 Kim Eun Hyung Jenny
2 Lu Jiachen
3 Luk Jody
4 Ng Jennifer Kay Wai
5 Szagala Sophia
Situated Landscape aims to bring awareness to the natural datum created by the tall grass on the site. The volume of the grass is fixed by this datum, yet it is susceptible to deflection and impression. By placing objects of different densities within the field, the landscape reacts to them. Chairs are used as devices to immerse the individual into the voume of the grass, placing their field of view at varying heights. Each one is placed strategically, providing a focal point on the site. By creating this open-ended spatial configuration, the individual is free to navigate through the field as they choose. It no longer matters who designed the space, but who finds it. The exploration of the densities of the obkjects relates directly to the experience of the individual and the environment. The density of the object is expressed by the relation to the ground. A lower chair creates emphasis between the grass and its footprint, further creating a sense of introversion within the volume of grass. The obkects that have a higher point of view draw attention to the surrounding context on the site; thus creating what Hargreaves Associates defines as “adjacencies” in landscape design.
Our aim is to address the scale of the individual in our installation, hoping to invoke a state of contemplation of meditiation. The objects that are permanent create transient paths.
“THE PARK IS SPECIAL TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN THEIR EXPERIENCE OF THE MOMENT AND AT THE SAME TIME IT IS PART OF A COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS. TO CONSIDER A LANDSCAPE A SUCCESS, EVERYONE MUST KNOW IT, YET IT WILL BE USED FOR MANY PURPOSES AT ANY TIME.”
- GEORGE HARGREAVES
Photographs Provided by the Artists Courtesy of Waterloo Architecture.