AIA SPP Small Project Design Competition
Tactical Urbanism-Creating Place
The AIA Small Project Practitioners invites architects and architecture students to submit design ideas to the 2016 SPP Small Project Design Competition – POP-UP 2016: TACTICAL URBANISM – CREATING PLACE. In this unique design competition, submitters are asked to: Create a sense of place within the confines of a 10’-0” x 10’-0” x 10’-0” space.
This year's winning design was displayed in Philadelphia during the 2016 AIA National Convention.
A Sense of Place is...Context
Michael Wacht | IntuArch
Project Concept + Description
Architects typically envision how their designs would fit within the context of a given site. Frequently, we create diagrams with abundant arrows to indicate how a design fits into the existing and proposed circulation network. But, this can be a very abstract exercise. Do we pause to imagine what it’s like to experience the environment incrementally, as part of the user experience? “A Sense of Place. . . Is Context” proposes we view the surrounding environment of a site cinematically, analyzing where we’ve come from and where we are going. Once sitting inside of the installation, a convention attendee would view the surrounding environment through oversized “prop” arrows in single frame views to determine whether destinations are inviting or discouraging to a potential user.
Another way to describe the project: The installation asks Architects to "embody" the arrows we use in diagrams and drawings when we design. Those arrows aren't just contextual cues and visual linkages, they are actual people standing in those positions, being inspired or discouraged by the environments we build.
Please note that due to budget constraints, the size of the project was reduced.