Advanced Design Studio:

Architecture of Thought

Fall 2019

1/3

Architecture of Thought

Landschaft

Instructors:

Mark Gage, Graham Harman

Partner:

Nathan Garcia(Modelling, Photoshop), James Bradley (C4D rendering)

Key words:

Tibet, sublime, "OOO"

Landschaft

Advanced Design Studio: Architecture of thought

Location: Tibet, China

Instructors: Mark Gage, Graham Harman

Partners: Nathan Garcia, James Bradley

 - landschaft 

[ feminine ] /ˈlantʃaft/

 noun

Part of the earth‘s surface with a certain appearance and culture

 - schaft

A well-known and often commented-on example is Gemeinschaft, which is formed by adding -schaft to the adjective gemein meaning "relating to the larger community". It's often translated into English as "community"

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The studio developed a new think-tank complex for the Brookings Institution where the most prestige scholars gather, think and debate and the result might influence government policy. Lhasa Tibet, the remoteness makes it a great location for retreat while the ongoing political conflicts makes it a place where people have to embrace different opinions and debate with respect.

The Site

Latitude: 29°10’49.41”N,  Longitude: 90°37’21.66”E, Tibet, China

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This project explores the limitations of object-object relations in order to better understand what essential qualities make something what we perceive it to be. To accomplish this the project strains the boundary of where architectural interventions start and stop. Guided by the cultural extents of Tibet, which far exceed the geographical boundaries of its formal territory, the concept of territorializing landscape through usage and occupation rather than harsh borders asserts itself as the underlying premise of the project. This concept is best described through the Germanic word Landschaft. Defined as a landscape of experience, it is a way of distinguishing boundaries defined by qualities of custom and culture, not by physical or geographical qualities. Our project seeks to find the pivotal point between landscape and landschaft to appropriately and distinctively address the land of thought. This takes parallels with Graham Harman’s thoughts on the relationship between the real and the sensual object. By conceptually pursuing the real and sensual qualities of both, and the qualities which are shared amongst the two, we strive to intuit the qualities inherent to both - even while, most importantly, some of these qualities are forever withdrawn. Per Graham’s model of this relationship, as applied to our proposal, the conception of real objects is synonymous to landschaft as sensual objects are to landscape.

The architecture of a place of thought is a place for exploring the dichotomous relationships formed through thoughts there is the act of thinking itself, and the actions done while thinking. For example, Graham says he things best when he is writing, Mark says he gets his best ideas when he is boxing. Nathan thinks best when he is running, Rilke says she thinks best sitting in a comfortable position in placid contemplation, and James says he thinks best when he is reading. Thought is not only a thing that occurs in a place, but in parallel with intentional action. Through our project’s engagement with the landscape, we are creating a place of thought. Our project invites engagement in simple activities around the site that promote thought such as gardening, farming, strolling, while also creating conditions for group and individual conversation, debate, and meditation.

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Advanced Design Studio:

Architecture of Thought

Fall 2019

1/3

Architecture of Thought

Landschaft

Instructors:

Mark Gage, Graham Harman

Partner:

Nathan Garcia, James Bradley

Key words:

Tibet, sublime, "OOO"