water | kindergarten: 2004

Every landscape tells a story. The word “topography” comes from topos, place, and graphy, writing, and its attentive measure reveals the plots and subplots, intertwined timelines ranging in length from short stories to epic novels, that tell of the beginnings, ends, and renewals of all the inhabitations of any given site over time that collectively establish its sense of place. Read together, this weave of narratives frames each cohabiting system of the site with a sense of purpose, cultural relevance, and value. The survey of a landscape at a single instance in time cannot adequately describe this full range.

Using this redefinition, the Landscape Projects take form out of the desire to explore new ways of making an Architecture of Topographies, or Landscape Stories, which interconnect the narratives of a proposed architectural space with the existing narratives found in the site, blurring the experiential boundary that typically separates landscape and architecture, natural and manmade, inside and outside. The projects are meant to embody an organizational logic and architectural language that speak to the building’s interdependency upon social and environmental systems extending far beyond its interior and vice versa. No longer should buildings be designed with such self-occupation as to deny the experiences of the exterior world except when timidly framed beyond plate glass.