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Charging the Void: (Perception Odd Logic)
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

As a concern for how new city developments invest in commercial

public space of economic activity rather than cultural activity and

inclusion, part of a global trend and also the case of Umeå’s ambition

to reach the population growth of 200 000 inhabitants by the year of

2050. The question to be asked in this regard is what kind of effect

does this produce on the way we as local inhabitants can take control

and be part of the creation of our own living environment? Or are

we just victims of a life consumed by slow decay due to the capital

dominance?

In relation to this main concern, the project has been developing

through the aspect of acknowledging inferior space and abandoned

objects as a method and typology to analyze alternative ways to

perceive the city off based the logic of clear function and use, but in

terms of human interaction and subjective perception of space. The

point of departure and important key element for this development

derived from the early stages of research and influential work by

Robert Smithson’s Monuments of Passaic New Jersey, (1967) with

a main quote on the description of Smithson’s work and the term of

monuments, here defined by Ann Reynolds as: “how something plot

out and charge a space with meaning”

Learning from memory traces of an abandoned set of futures evoked

the idea and strive towards creating space not tied to a specific

use or function, but as a collaboration and juxtaposition between

form and the viewer’s experience. In add to an understanding of a

presence which ties together the past and the present as an indirect

translation of the developed concept for contemporary Ruins, as the

perception of void. The ruins association to object defined through

the observer became a guideline towards the aim of designing nonhierarchical

space, free of us and interpreted by the visitor within the

city scape.

Based on this foundation this thesis aims to examine the possibilities

of architectural structures which can encourage and create conditions

for new cultural and social meetings. The abstract concept of space

and deliberate openness to interpretation can allow the visitor to

take co-authorship of their own living environment based on their

personal understanding and imagination of that space. The action

is by deliberate disjunction between form and viewer’s experience

forced by a superimposition plan as a design strategy for redeveloping

the current Döbelns Park into a new culture park in the city context

of Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden. Fragments of the park will in add

create a system of integrated monumental sculpture scapes, as a

network of in-between small scale interventions adapting to specific

site conditions together with implemented greenery. To secure areas

within the city scape with access to greenery and social interactive

meeting points, part of the Urban strategy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
National Category
Architecture
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138799OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138799DiVA, id: diva2:1137452
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2017-05-31, 11:47
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Available from: 2017-08-31 Created: 2017-08-31 Last updated: 2017-08-31Bibliographically approved

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