Design Practice 5 provides the first of the senior years of the degree; the degree shifts towards a student driven process that is supported by lectures and studios focused around research driven enquiry and professional aspects of design. This begins the structure studio learning, developing towards the graduation aspects of the final fourth year requirements of the degree.
Zeitgeist: A Temple of Our Time
Burning Man is week long experimental festival held in the Nevada Desert. Over sixty thousand attendees form a global community and construct a temporary city built around art, music and culture. At the heart of this community is The Temple. Every year designers, artists and architects put forward beautiful and imaginative proposals for the design of the Temple. These designs are based heavily on research and experimentation.
In this project you will be asked to put forward a design proposal for The Temple at Burning Man 2015. The theme of this temple will be “Zeitgeist: The Spirit of the Age”.
Since the beginnings of architecture, structures have been used to turn space in to place and tell the stories of the societies that built them. The project design process will aim to question the changing landscapes of ritual spaces in modern culture, our place in history and allow for an introspective journey into to the values of our civilisation.
Free from the constraints of client and program that accompanies most interior architecture projects, this studio will allow creativity to thrive. Each student is encouraged to delve deeply into their chosen topics and produce unique and exciting solutions.
The temple is located in dry, hot and dusty conditions on the flat plains of the Nevada Desert. Consideration should be given into the experience of the structure as a whole. The interior space or spaces should hold 50-100 people and not be merely a sculpture but rather an ephemeral thought provoking space. The temple may have a further use depending on each student’s individual design.