softscapes : urban meanders

 master thesis research at städelschule

frankfurt 2013 - 14

Urban lifestyles reconfigure one’s association of social structures, and one encounters more strangers than otherwise. How do a group of strangers behave in an urban atmosphere? How do their seemingly random bodies respond to each other? Bodily relations are softened by creating a space for people to drift and linger, a breather. Two semi-ambiguous programs are mixed together enabling people to choreograph their own experience.The ambiguity of body and functional relations help soften such drifts, and results in an experiential phenomena. The space is activated by the intrusion of events and its users, within its layered porous immersion. Openness calls for active play, indeterminacy calls for participation, and the absence of spatial hierarchy requires communal initiative, hoping to become a pleasant place for an urban pause.