Void scapes

Katsumoto, R 2009, Void scapes, Masters by Research, Architecture and Design, RMIT University.

Document type: Thesis
Collection: Theses

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Title Void scapes
Author(s) Katsumoto, R
Year 2009
Abstract Void Scapes is a creative visual and experimental design project that investigates the idea of secluded landscape of contemplation within the urban or suburban environment. This research explores the visual nature of the relationship between the space of contemplation and its surrounding context. The final aim of the research is to create a space of withdrawal which utilises and interacts with the visual elements of its surrounds.

For centuries most cultures have embraced the idea of a place where one may withdraw from the demands of normal life to reflect or simply find temporary respite. In ‚ÄúContemporary Landscapes of Contemplation‚ÄĚ, UC Berkley lecture, Marc Treib notes that historically contemplation has accompanied withdrawal from the web of normal life.1 I found it was generally conceded that contemporary everyday life can be demanding and stressful, the pressures often seemingly relentless. I also found that urban or suburban environments can be poor, both visually and aurally. It is a reminder of how we are constantly bombarded by information that can be confusing or unsettling. The universality of this experience made me realise there could be a genuine need for the creation of public spaces that provide a retreat and some relief from these everyday demands.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) landscape of contemplation
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