walled out Advertise and Inform:
This design uses a simple gesture to create awareness of a devastating issue: homelessness. The design examines the best way to communicate this issue to students by creating a space that is able to draw attention; forcing the space within the initial movement patterns in order to allow for a higher volume traffic; and creating a social and informative place that students are able to use.
Addressing the Needs of the Student:
The first question asked was, what are the needs of the students moving through this area. Since this will be built for only a week in the beginning of April, I looked at how students will be existing outside. What will be the needs of students running to class near the end of the semester, once the weather finally becomes enjoyable? With this, I thought of the designing attracting visitors with the addition of some kind of dispensary; this could be either water, coffee, food or all.
Informing the Student:
The design simultaneously provides for the student and withholds from the student. The simple design holds one very important design characteristic, there is no noticeable entrance. The design merely forms a wall, but there is no specific shelter. The wall amplifies the area that information is able to be posted regarding this housing crisis and the Pitt chapter itself, but the absence of shelter also immerses the student into the idea of being without shelter.
Advancing the Group: The design allows for a simple gesture that is able to create a profound effect. It is something both bizarre and unobtrusive; both a place and passage. The structure is minimal, but effective and essential, similar to the aim of Habitat for Humanity. This design will take the group out of the shack and accessible to the students, raising awareness for what is needed.
A series of studies in movement and place.