The project showcases virtually a sub-culture generating around experiences in and around a place called the Ekotemplet. It is a reserve water tank, located in Växjö south of Sweden, aptly named for its sound property and translates as ‘Echoing temple’. In this project I propose that it serves something more than a common resource as a public good – an unlanguaged communal value.
For the most part, I present the ethnographic observations of the experiences that emerged out of a non-intentional design approach. The other half is intentioned towards formulation and languaging these collective imaginaries to make the culture visible and tangible to the authorities.
Below are is a list of personnel that I have contacted within the Urban developmental pool as well as some collaborators for workshops, a communication email and a method approach.
Perhaps there has been little room for nuanced aspects such as a ‘Living structures’ and ‘Healing spaces’. I gather books and begin interdisciplinary researching to find out the various threads that can hopefully emerge and better articulate this unusual culture in the urban landscape. Here are some of the reads that we’re resourceful for this project.
Here’s some of the questions this project unpacks:
- Why the belonging with non-spaces?
- Can planners democratise decision-making for urban communities through public engagement?
- How do we preserve sacred spaces in our urban environment?
- Can community shape future planning through socio-urban activations.
This was my first field-study I wanted to be able to describe incrementally, the observations I’ve made of the visitor. So I introduce a progressive mapping of her experience and try to language it in the emotions both visually as well as linguistically.
Click the image above to check out how this first time visitor interfaces with the structure.