Sonal Mithal, Instructor
DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, UNIVERISTY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, USA
Juniors, seniors, graduate students of landscape architecture
This studio treats landscape as an agency to engage designers in a firsthand experience of the site, so that they know the site by being in the site—perception without distance. The studio is concerned with landscape as both the venue and the act of performance, treating the two as inseparable in the design process. The studio is further concerned with making present a historic site, thus bringing discourse of heritage landscapes into contemporary domain.
Palimpsest Boards focus on representing the site as a palimpsest board showing the various layers of historical events at the Midway Plaisance, Chicago. Themes explored are Gaze, Movement, People on the Midway, Residue and Vacancy at the Midway, Midway as a Container and a Perimeter.
Palimpsest Trail: students work with a palimpsest board to create a sequence of walks and lingering spots on the. The palimpsest board is assumed to be a museum site through which the designer is moving.
Landscape Score: students create design for experiential walking through the site. This is meant for an everyday experience on the actual site. The trail goes through some historical landmarks, one personal landmark. Questions students are engaging with include: how can history be juxtaposed with the present day, how is history experienced.
Understanding Movement as a Design Generator: studio collaborated with Choreographer Struan Leslie, George A. Miller Visiting Artist at UIUC, to develop a design vocabulary based on meticulous investigation of walking in cities.
Design to facilitate an Experience of Palimpsest through Movement: synthesis of previous phases focusing on understanding of Palimpsest, Experience and Movement, for design.