Sunday, January 29, 2012

BP1: Circles + Groves + Stacks

College Av. is the focal area for socializing and gathering on UNCG's campus. The circular molds into the campus' architecture bring about the openness for gathering.  As I watched out for circles on campus I also realized that they associated with the dining locations.  The EUC, Jefferson Suites, and College Av are all examples of how the circular design is present wherever food is located.  The designers realized that college students needed an inviting location to converse and the circle's ability to unify its surroundings was a great solution. 

The Faculty building's arched columns represented the vertical tree-like connection to the campus.  The vertical columns are present at almost every building on campus.  The different types of columns on the buildings are a representation of the different types of majors on campus and even as the different types of people on campus. 

The entrance to the Caf on College Av. is a great representation of stacks, because of its mountainous form.  The distinctive repetition of the tubed triangle's form creates a mass that implies gathering.  This is the only mass on campus with this design and like the circles it is an indicator of a gathering entrance or spot of socializing.  The immortality of circles, groves, and stacks in architecture are due to human behavior.  Circles, groves, and stacks are all about emulating the human body and how we interact when in certain environments.  In my experience you gather where it is inviting and that determines the rituals you take.

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