Ground, as the foundation for both architectural constructs and Cubist collages, is subtle and non-hierarchical: design potential exists at these moments of disconnect and overlap, where the relationship between figure and field is ambiguous and in flux. A topical architectural design studio explores these relationships, including fragmentation, aggregation, and synthesis, through the collage-making process. Collage is explored as a methodology for design, understanding collage as a vehicle for analysis, a vehicle for design and representation, and finally architecture itself as collage. With this in mind, the collage-making process serves as a venue for analysis of the industrial landscape, offering a greater understanding of the experiential phenomena extant in a site that can be heightened/subverted/manipulated to reveal the rich layers of physical and cultural memory imbedded in the industrial landscape. Engaging an abandoned industrial artifact in Charlottesville, Virginia’s Woolen Mills neighborhood, we have implemented a design methodology of collage, beginning with an analysis of the existing conditions of ground, including physical, perceptual, historical, and cultural phenomena as a means of understanding the site, and ultimately informing a design intervention.
|Keywords:||Collage, Architecture, Representation, Post-Industrial, Site|
Visiting Lecturer, School of Architecture, College of Art and Architecture, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, USA