We all love our pets and want to be close to them all the time. However, because of the fact that they are smelly or dirty, we unwillingly put them outdoor, but necessarily this might make pets anxious. The project is about how to make possible for people and pets to live in the same space, without bothering each other to reach the goal of comfortable cohabitation. 我們都很愛我的寵物，無論狗或貓，而且想要與它們膩在一起。然而因為衛生或其它因素，迫使我們將它們養 在房門之外，這可能會使寵物產生不安或焦慮感。a cat & a dog 是想像我、狗和一隻假想的貓咪，如何生活在 同一個空間下，卻不會互相打擾，彼此有屬於自己的空間，達到一個舒適共存美好的狀態。
Dogs usually spend 14 hours on sleeping and cats sleep average 15 hours a day. For me, I spend at least 8 hours for sleeping. Therefore, bedroom design obviously is indispensable. Depending on my animal clients' needs, I designed three modules for them: bed box, dining wall and playing cubes. 狗和貓睡眠的時間佔了一天一半以上的時間，而人類至少也要八個鐘頭才能達到充足的睡眠，依 照寵物和人類的習性，設計了三樣傢俱：床盒、吃飯牆、玩具箱。
Dividing the space into three levels: Cat can reach all three levels, I can only use level 2 and level 3, and dog stay only on level 3. 依動物習性把立面空間分作三等份： 貓咪可以使用所有的立面空間 , 我能觸及到第 2 層與第 3 層 , 狗只待在最底層
When thinking about animal shelters in Taiwan, the typical associations are smelly, dirty, damp and murky. The current situation is that the large number of dogs rescued mean that many of them must be destroyed. So there is really no point in a carefully designed. I wish to show with my concern on stray animals, give them more they can get, and bring the project back to my country as a blueprint. 很多人對於台灣收容所的印象就是陰暗、髒、臭等負面詞彙的聯結。在國外的街上很少能看到流浪動物，如果有的話， 也是哪戶人家的貓咪偷跑出來蹓躂，反觀台灣流浪動物的數量，跟收容所資源的不成比例，導致很多流浪狗就算被帶到 了收容所，也可能面臨安樂死的情況。如何透過空間的規劃，提供它們最基本的需求外，還重建流浪動物對人類的信任， 因為每個生命都是值得被尊重的。
Where should be located? The animal shelters in Taiwan are mostly located at the rural area, resulting in people are inconvenient to adopt them. However, if in the city, it is inevitable to get many complaint from residents. The warehouse at 9 Audrey Street with empty open space and at the corner of Haggerston Park, solving the above mentioned probelms.
What are the essential facilities in the kennel? The kennel should be constructed with materials that balance the needs of dog with the ability to provide for sanitation. The physical environment of the enclosure should have smooth surfaces with minimal edges and the essential facilities should include spacious enclosure depending on the size of dog, soft and comfortable bed and blanket, food and water utensils, secure environment, sanitation, light, ventilation system, radiant floor heat.
How to embody dog psychology through design? The psychology behavior caring for animals is an integral part of my design process. Dogs are such close companions to us, but most of stray dogs are lack of trust with people. So it is necessary to rebuild the trust with people and help them get familiar with good habits in the period of living in the shelter.
台灣的流浪動物收容所通常都位於郊區，交通不易到達的地方，因 為如果收容所位於市區，免不了帶來民眾的抱怨，而位於 9 Audrey 的這棟倉庫交通易達，又在公園的旁邊，提供了流浪動物運動休閒 的地方，又解決的上述提到的問題。 動物寄養所裡的設施必須要平衡動物的基本需求以及必要性的消毒 清潔。實體的狗舍必須要有平滑的表面，減少邊角以防動物受傷， 也需要根據動物的體型大小給予充足的空間，太大或太小接不適當， 在設施內提供比要的水、食物、毯子、玩具等。 流浪動物們在被拋棄前對人類是多麼的信任，但這種關係一旦被破 壞，需要花很多時間精力從新培養起，如果能在動物寄養所的時間 中重新搭起對人類的信任，對於領養的過程也會有幫助。
This project is about exploring the interaction between people and their pets. This includes how pets perceive space within the human environment, and how to incorporate the relation between pets and their owner and pet's behaviors into a design solution. The relationship between humans and their pets has changed from domestic animals to pets as “family members”. We rely on each other and have become closer than before. We bring pets into our world, and we have to provide shelter for them, but there is no reason for them that they have to adapt to human scale. From the size of doors to the height of stairs, all architecture is designed for human size. The main idea of this project is to explore the possibilities of a structure that can not only be adapted to both humans and pets but can also provide for interaction between them, fulfilling several purposes at once. 在探討人與寵物間的互動關係，以及寵物如何在人類周圍環境下，對空間做出回應。從門的尺寸到樓梯的高度，所有 的建築單位都是依照人類的比例去設計，當然寵物依照它們的大小及習性，也有適合居住的單位。在住宅形態的轉變， 寵物能使用的空間從原本的有後院住宅縮減成膠囊式的公寓大樓，能活動的空間比以往減少很多，透過野獸派時期建築 Robin Hood Garden，來設計不同的形態的寵物人類共居模式。
In order to catch the views from cat’s perspective, I started my project from designing filming devices and attaching on its different places. The first device was Gopro camera with the harness. The picture above was the cat’s owner helping me to wear the device on his cat to reduce anxiety. Because the device was not stable, I used masking tape to support the camera. In the ideal situation, I wanted the cat can move around the house and the camera could trace where the cat had been. It turned out like the picture below, the cat only stayed in the same place. From the practice of making and attaching filming devices on the cat Toffee, I started to communicate with it by physically and behaviorally. I think it was the first step of people-pet engagement, although it is hard to interpret what the cat’s state is. However, the footage can give us what cat preceives or what camera records from cat’s low angle of perspective. “Animal look back at us, and in this look, the center and periphery as well as the interiority (of the human) and exterior (of the animal) gets misplaced.” stated by Ron Broglio in Surface Encounters. The contact withe animal is a moment which we realize the animal world and the overlap between human and animal world : contact zone.
“The relations of the subject to the objects of its surroundings, what the nature of these relations may be, play themselves out outside the subject, in the very place where we have to look for the perception mark.” - Jakob von Uexküll
Either we bring pet into our live, or they attract us into their world. No matter which side, there are two worlds existing in the same space, and the space which two worlds overlapping, it provides us to interact and communicate.
"Contact zone" comes from Mary Louise Prattâ€™s Imperial Eyes (1991), the term refers toâ€œsocial spaces where disparate cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in highly asymmetrical relations of domination and subordinationâ€?. I believe that the contact zone does not only exist in human society, but it also can be used to talk about the relationship between the human and non-human world. Humans, build cities on wild animals's habitats forcing them out to the borders of the cities. We should be including other species into our urban environment and making coexistence possible. While some animals,such as foxes and rats find ways to adapt to the city, but others are excluded.
Robin Hood Gardens is an experimental housing estate built after WW2. It was designed by Alison and Peter Smithson whose intention was to apply their Utopic 'Golden Lane Project' (1952) to brutalist concrete architecture creating housing that met people's need. However, it doesnâ€™t achieve the ideal, the building is facing demolition instead. The deck 'street in the air' locating in certain floors was a proposal for residents to communicate and bring the outdoor activities, such as gardening and childrenâ€™s game on to the dock level. In order to house more people, Contemporary buildings are taller and gardens and back yards have been removed. The majority of pets have to live enclosed inside the house. The only opportunity they have to go outside is when people walk them, but it is rare to see people walk their cats. Therefore, I would like to redefine the dwelling relationship between humans and pets and apply this to the Robin Hood Gardens estate. "Alison and Peter Smithson were trying to build a better world, for all citizens" , and I want to realize the concept of utopia and engage animals into our umwelt.
“The idea of the modern city as uncharted territory to be explored- each city a unique space imbued with something unfamiliar, mysterious, and, at least in part, incomprehensible”. Robin Hood Gardens located in Poplar, is one of the brutalist buildings, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. The theme of building is “protection”. It reduces the noise from the surroundings and provides a calm and stress free place for residents. It was an experimental building designed for people with low incomes. The Smithsons tried to erase the boundaries between high and low cultures. The reason I choose Robin Hood Gardens is that the main idea behind the building is a dream of utopia, a place where people can be self-sufficient. They put their golden lane project into practice. Alison and Peter Smithson worked on the experimental concept of the garden turning the deck into a “street in the air”, trying to bring back what we had lost in the high-populated city. “The dwellings are stated as enclosure but the exact internal use lift open to interpretation to reflect the interchangeable use of rooms that ordinary dwellings require”. The flows in Robin Hood Gardens are clearly organized,the deck “street in the air”, is horizontal movement, and the vertical movement are the lifts. Residents have to access to each flat is through the street deck which is located in the specific floors. There are six main module dwelling units in the building, and the repetition of those units form the whole structure. The façade of Robin Hood Gardens consists of countless windows, and it provides an opportunity to apply the idea of an animal contact zone to the building, designing a structure for cats who can access the whole building from inside to outside. its daily activity. Increasingly, pets are overweight. This affects not only their action but also their health problems. Without backyards, cats can’t go on adventures and explore their natural behaviors, like hunting. Apartments in buildings that contain more than one dwelling unit are common in contemporary society. With the rapid development of housing, people can lose their quality of life, which may be affected, for instance, by city noise, or tiny apartment rooms. There may be only one communal garden for residents to share. Everyone lives in their own block of flats, therefore their companion pets can often only be kept indoors. Dogs need a walk, so we have to take them outside. However, people rarely walk their cats. The space that cats can access is limited and might not provide enough space for its daily activity. Increasingly, pets are overweight. This affects not only their action but also their health problems. Without backyards, cats can’t go on adventures and explore their natural behaviors, like hunting.
There is a lot of research about the benefits of living with pets. They give us company, unconditional love undoubtedly and even some unseen advantages. Pets can help us to release our stress and even comfort those with serious illness. The de-stress idea coincides with the Smithsons’ stress free zone, trying to protect people from a cluttered world. We shouldn’t neglect the advantages of keeping pets just because they might make a mess. Pets might be safer staying inside to prevent any injury or disease. Accordingly, I would like to propose series of structures that attach onto the Robin Hood Gardens façade, and runs through whole building from inside to outside, located at different floors. Those structures come with cat’s behaviors, for example, hiding, hunting or even sleeping, and is presented through narrative stories by observation. The structures that I want to apply on Robin Hood Gardens are series of pathways and surrounding the whole building. They can transport cats to certain places. They might be a place where cats can meet other cats. Carsten Höller uses slides to connect the different floors and bring the new concept of transportation, which is really playful. “… Carsten Höller’s work is about travel or transportation, not much of it actually involves going anywhere”. Unlike any pedestrian passages or staircases, the slides are unique structures that hold all the body, but we still feelwithout any supporting and experience the lack of control on speed. Although Carsten Höller’s slides are not about going any places, they still contain the orientation form top to bottom. The physical movement connects closely with the slope of slide.
Carsten Hรถller has series of works about spiral slides as connections between two levels and running from inside to outside the buildings. We all have memories of sliding down slides in the playground in our childhood. A memory of an experience of play with complex emotions between joyfulness and fearfulness. Hรถller thinks slides could be applied into the city as environmentally friendly transportation and generate different kinds of emotion for people who live in the city. He wonders what would happen if slides became part of our daily routine and develop into a common architectural form. There are different structures to connect each floor, for example stairs and lifts are most common structures for people to use. But in my project the users become cats, the picture above includes several models to explore the structure to connect different levels or two places.
Conclusion I try to involve pets in our lives, not only providing a place where they can live, but about a place that takes account of their behaviors and activities in the design practice. In UexkĂźllâ€™s umwelt theory, two worlds exist in the same earth. The place where two worlds overlap, becomes a place where two species can have contact. As more and more people keep pets, it is worth thinking about how to co-habit with each other harmoniously, not only providing emotional communication such as love and patience, but also considering their needs.
Published on Oct 25, 2016