It has been a productive day to explore the landscape projects in Manhattan today, even compared to what I had gained yesterday. While yesterday what I had was the perceive and analysis on the colors essence on landscape, I realized landscape has its inborn capability of spacial connection and transaction narrative during the walking on Day 2.
Teardrop Park would be very good evidence to vividly prove this point. Initially high rises around it had been the restrain in its design process. “ Zoned for an additional four residential units, it was a flat site dominated by sandy soil with limited sunlight. Re-zoing following the plan to create playing fields, opened up an opportunity for a new park for children and adults alike, but creating a design that would inspire a sense of exploration and hold visitors…” quote from the description from Michael Van Valkenburge Associates. The vision was to recall the memory of childhood and through the ice-water wall, along with rock formations really achieved the concept well. Even more, it has the communication of varying sceneries with changing view-points, through the transaction image collage I and II, which contains two meaning, space conversion and landscape transformation. With multiple facilities and installations, the perception of the concept has been enhanced. Walking to different levels of accessible observatory in between woods breaks the vertical boundary, while playing with the slides results in the consideration of morphology on the conversion of space other than vertical and horizontal level.
Moreover, Teardrop Garden has not been alone in this morphology application. Irish Hunger Memorial illustrates the same concept, to continue the conversation with ambient environment by establishing the particular pedestrian path and view point. In the aesthetic analysis and research in western academic, Acropolis of Athens probably stated as the first project to apply this concept, by enforcing people walking along the Athens, which forms the shared spacial perception and literally strengths the feeling step by step.
Then about 9/11 Memorial at World Trade Center, it can be seen as the reverse model of Kaaba with water feature dropping to the Ground Zero. On the account of icon recognition, it shares the same function and construction to memorize and recall. People comes here as a volunteering activity to cherish the history and look into the future. This large volumetric figure presents as the negative of what it was and meticulously convey the sympathy to ones come here.
It has been said in the beginning, today was a really a productive day on the scale of distance, acknowledge and others. Now we have drawn the boundary of Manhattan Island, and I really intrigue about the following trip to Brooklyn and elsewhere.