Promenade Architecturale

Par Mathilde, Maria, 11/10/15

What is our main area of study? Having no buildings in our parcel, urged us to pay close attention to the movement and interaction between pedestrians and their surroundings.  

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Study and Monge of the site in Lausanne: At this stage, a relationship between man and the things around him becomes apparent. In an attempt to explore the idea of proportions we found out about the Modulor Man and the Universal System of proportions. As demonstrated by our studies, there is indeed a direct relationship between the size and position of objects from handles to traffic lights. 

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Study and Monge of the site in Paris: A park in our parcel's facade in Paris in combination with a downward elevation from Lausanne, Avenue du Thêatre, spiked the idea of a downward walk from Lausanne to Paris. 

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Concept of walk: What if the size of the things around us (as explored) is meant to affect us? We went to the actual site in Lausanne and followed a significant number of passengers. It is clear that the setting of everything (trees, poles, advertisements,colonnes) is what indirectly defines the route of the pedestrians. On our drawing of the walk, above, we decided to catch certain moments. Then, by drawing the plan we conveyed the route of the passengers. The most common as expected, was the straight route aside the colonnes. There were however some exceptions also drawn on the plan. 

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Model of Lausanne(above): Inspired by the capture of different moments during the walk we decided to demonstrate the negative space surrounding a pedestrian while a bus is approaching from the opposite direction. It was a first attempt to examine the curiosity of a pedestrian. Unfortunately though, it seems that in reality the busy pedestrians pay no real attention to what is happening around them.

Theme exploration: The theory of the "Situationist" by Debord and the "Flâneur" felt ideal to simultaneously explore. We thought that the pedestrians were merely carried away by their routines. As said by Debord "All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.". There is an obvious diminishment of the citizens' critical thoughts like the one in the analysis of Debord's "Spectacular Society". At the same time the study of flânerie described by Honoré de Balzac as "the gastronomy of the eye" was what was missing by our society. Therefore, we as explorers, decided to take the role of the Situationist and the Flâneur by questioning and closely investigating things. 

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Hybrid Model of the walk from Lausanne to Paris: As a result of our studies we decided to demonstrate the idea of an explorer on our hybrid model. We elongated the advertisement which was in Lausanne towards Paris. In this way we provoked the observer to realise that small things like this may have an effect in his reality. 

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Perspective drawings: By drawing the route of the walk in perspective, we further comprehended the fact that the position of each object in our way is what directs us towards a certain path.

Maria Loizou, Mathilde Thiriot. 

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