Apertures, Reflections, Light: A Pavilion for Re-Imagining the World around Us at the Distant Edge of Ottawa, Canada

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Prochnau, Kristine




Apertures, Reflections, Light investigates the social, economic, and ecological complexities intertwined within the expansion of the urban boundary of Ottawa, Canada in the specific context of the suburb of Barrhaven. The boundary - an ephemeral line sometimes a place of competing forces - is a focal point for meditations on the nature of suburban expansion, and human impact on the natural realm. The architecture seeks to unearth questions, shortcomings, and hopes that exist in current and future visions of suburbia. Connecting with existing pockets of wilderness, the Apparatus is set deep within the landscape. Spaces of darkness and spaces of light - seen as places of natural phenomena -not only shift the gaze of visitors but also move their soul. Culminating in a photogrammetric chamber the architecture of the Apparatus hopes to re-frame the viewer's relationship to their everyday surroundings, instilling a sense of agency over their inhabited public spaces.






Carleton University

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