The Best of the Rest! Process materials, art-wall leitmotif, precedents, & other half-baked ideas\concepts\assertions.
a visual precedent
a social precedent This is Churchill Community Garden out west by Churchill High School. It’s a little bare now but in the summer months this place is the sort of unruly, chaotic mess that I envision for The Boys & Girls Club site. The variety of fixtures & depth & disorganization makes for something a kid might really dig. Literally!
This is Will Allen of Growing Power, Inc. GPI is a urban farm in Milwaukee. It does the following: aquaculture, aquaponics, vermiculture, horticulture, composting, soil reclamation, food distribution, & beekeeping. It partners with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee to teach the kids all these wonderful things. The general mission is to engage the community through sustainable food education & production. They try to meet the community’s excess need for good, clean food. It’s a very hot ticket. Allen claims the kids, teens, & community enjoy the ownership they feel over their food & helping to grow it, etc. What he’s done has been a model for a lot of these all over the place.
A lot of my thinking for this project was about contrasting a kid/teens life @ school & home with what happens in their off time. That school & home-life, for the potentially troubled sort we’re looking to address here with The B&GC, is highly structured/authoritative & may instill feelings of powerlessness/lack of control. Which these feelings aren’t good & may or may not lead to the child/teen acting out & expressing these feelings of powerlessness in sometimes destructive ways. So anyway, the point is to offer a place that allows for self-expression & ownership & maybe even provides the opportunity for recklessness in a world that totally freaks out @ even small deviations in “accepted behavior.” Here are art walls as leitmotif throughout the building, dry erase or chalkboard paint or just regular, but open canvases for self-expression. Re-painted when necessary.
This is some early process work. Thinking about “Rabbit Hole”s, being underground, what that feels like, the transition from potentially harsh, outside reality to this inner something-else, psychological refuge. “The Staged Life” asserted, for me, the need everyone has to hotdog a little, to express oneself. I wanted the space+program to facilitate this sort of self-expression. That rooms are designed as stages & we the actors, a Shakespeare sort of thing. The last one isn’t titled but it’s about how children live in the moment & my trying to recollect that early excitement of there being so many fun things all the time everywhere & how the hardest thing was just choosing.
early thinking & process
early spatial leanings & models