Date of Award
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
The first inspiration came from the thrilling phenomenal nuance caused by the natural light, especially the diffused and cool light — that’s why I am so fascinated with the dawn. Also, the “conditional” idea proposed by Robert Irwin in his book “Being and Circumstance — Notes Toward a Conditional Art” influenced my attitude towards landscape and public art: the design could be a tool to “reveal” the phenomenal changes and make people become more aware of them, instead of changing the existing condition arbitrarily.
Then I chose “threshold” — the space between private and public condition, interior and exterior, which might be front or back yard, the street next to residential entrance, or semi-private park as my targeted sites, because they have great potential of physical, phenomenal, mental and programmatic changes.
I started my investigation from the residential zone in Providence and developed the prototypical strategy to play with dawn light, and then adapt it to New York city to achieve a wider practice. The outcomes are both a theoretical strategy and a design.
The overall objectives are to bring a new thought and attitude towards landscape design and public art, which makes people re-aware of the phenomena in the circumstance, reveal the fascination of dawn light, and create a prototypical design for residential area. During the whole process, the written article needs to be re-thought and revised along with the design.
Xu, Shuwen, "Twilight revelation" (2017). Masters Theses. 87.
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