My focus was on the pathways, trails, and walkways near rivers/water features in New York City. I wanted to showcase how they changed according to their purpose and design type. I also felt that the views were really important in influencing the energy of a space. If I am walking along a pier, look out to the water and see a bunch of dead fish and garbage, I would feel uneasy and concerned. Contrastingly, If I am strolling passed a water fountain and see a few of ducks playing and swimming with one another, I'd feel more comfortable and relaxed. Walking and sitting area designs are constantly influenced/inspired by where it is located in relationship to bodies of water and water features. I believe it is important to note the successful and not-so-successful strategies of creating such an important space of constant motion.
The Sound of Birds, The Sound of Nature
In this final version, I still put my focus on the sound of birds. The theme of this film is trying to reflect the sound of birds that leading us to find the nature.
Based on the draft, this time the film is mostly consisted of still images and shots, with the sound clips of birds from each site. It is trying to emphasis the difference of sound in each site, in order to tell the landscape differential between each site. In the middle of the city, Manhattan, the sounds of birds are little faint. However, in the parks at Brooklyn, the sounds of birds are stronger, as the environment in here is more natural and relaxing than Manhattan.
Designing the landscape is a huge task, not only for people, but also for other lifes and nature itself.
I was born in a industrial small city which producing zinc and boats decades ago. While after few years later, lank of energy and increasing of productivity leaded many factories abandon and became a kind of city wasteland. So when I was an undergraduates student, I would like pay more attention to industrial reconstruction.
During a 7-days walking through NYC, I founded there are lots of great reconstruction landscape projects. They created landscape from old industrial site, provided different kinds of green place for citizens hanging out.
For example, High Line, Before it was abandoned railway but after reconstruction now is a great city garden.
What I am very interested in and also trying to show through the video is to see and to understand the way how water involved into the landscape. I selected several videos which all focus on the representation of how water engaged into the landscape, separately showing different perspectives which are FAKE NATURE, WAVING, GRAVEL AND STONE, URBAN FOUNTAIN, RELATIONSHIP WITHIN LANDSCAPE.
Based on the draft and the comments from professor Martin gave me, I did more effort on the order within the five parts of video. And also the videos themselves. I selected it to kind of follow the basic rule, which is, stable, moving in sequence. I felt like that order is able to offer people more sense of different perspectives. The length of every videos are also follow some rule, like, 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 10 seconds….in sequence, basically, not quite strictly, to give people different break down.
Plus, I used the original water soundtrack instead of music soundtrack. Therefore, all kinds of different water soundtrack brings varieties and it is very enjoyable.
Also I worked on transitions between the shots to make the series of shoots move more naturally and soft.
This film is a compilation of videos, photos, and sounds taken strictly from our 7 day exploration through the bustling city of New York.
Water has a lot of impact on New York City. It helped forming the culture, business, transportation and landscape pattern hundreds years ago till now.
Through our trip to NYC, I took three clips, above the water, on the water and under the water. Like the city and people in the city, the water is flowing all the time. Traveling around water brought me different experience of observing the urban landscape.
How people could make good use of waterfront, how to transform the waterfront into a landscape that could benefit people living in the city and could have a resilience function either for the sea-level rising or storm water threats are very crucial.
In the end of the course of 7-Days In New York, I want to express my experience on the architecture and landscape of New York through the short film. I focus on the nature space in the city.
Through the 7-days, I walking and researching with classmates and professor, I visit a lot of public parks and nature space of the New York. This parks and spaces give me very deeply feeling and inspiration, let me figure out the different face of New York, these grasslands and nature spaces are very different from the concrete jungle and high skyline of New York City.
People belong to the nature, enjoy nature space, developing from nature, these spaces are smart and perfect, because, is not very easy to build these spaces in New York City. These space need the intelligence and courage of human.
Therefore, I hope I can use the short film to record and express the other face of New York, The Green.
This video show how the dealing with sounds in urban landscape is important. This video is composed with waterfront parks and urban water public spaces that have the juxtaposition of two different sounds in same place. Water is one of the vital elements in landscape design and it creates places for various recreations and activities. We can create energetic public water spaces by utilizing with calm and natural sounds, while some urban noisy sounds like helicopter flying, horn of ferry boats and siren of cap can disturb the expected effect of landscape design. This video shows the contrast between tranquil sound of landscape and repulsive sound of city. Especially, the sounds and scene of the polluted running water with shining reflected sun represents the ironic character of water. The polluted water looks like abstract paintings and beautiful in a way, but the quality of water is actually toxic and hazardous to nature. It means that urban landscapes design should consider not only the physical elements of public space but also the dealing with sounds Because, the new waterfront landscape still seems to be polluted by cruise, helicopters and visitors. One of good example of dealing with sound is the noise insulation hill in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The mound can not only provide green space but also protect traffic noise from highway. We should think about creating public and community landscapes and filtration of sound simultaneously.
The contents of this video are aimed towards how walking through a space and experiencing the place (in this case, urban public spaces in New York City) helps you gain better understanding of how choices the designer makes impacts the feeling that space can evoke. Looking at plans and schematics of parks is effective in visualizing the harmony of the design but walking through the space you are further able to feel and experience the design in its intended purpose. Which is what I think this course was aimed to do; give a hands on and in depth experience of studying urban spaces and how they have evolved. By walking all the boroughs and parks you gain a sense of perspective, you observe how the area is influenced by contextual factors provide. This class made me think how landscape is such a broad term and that it cant take such a series of different identities and interpretations; how so much can be done with so little, how dramatic and powerful such a confined area can amount to. By physical visiting these sites, by being present, and by analyzing/documenting these places; I can take away a higher appreciation from such urban design as we visited over the course and hope the video can aim to evoke a sense of actually moving and being within the space.